Praying to a Jealous God

Yesterday I mentioned God calling me to training myself to pray continually. I have not made my index cards yet, but I have noticed when my mind starts to wander I catch myself and pray more. Consider joining me for this 30 days of praying.

Exodus 34:14 says, “ —for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—”

Our God deserves to be the only one or thing on the throne of our lives just like a husband deserves to be the only one in his wife’s bed. He wants pure and complete devotion and He deserves it. This same God isn’t distant or demanding in His jealousy. No amazingly He gently draws us to Himself. Hosea 2:14a says, “Therefore, behold, I will allure her…” God allures Israel and us. This jealous, powerful, loving God gently draws us to Himself.

As we pray to Jealous, our God, we pray to a God who deeply loves us and woos us. Imagine a man who loves a woman and does all in his power to gently and kindly woo her. That is how God calls us into a relationship with Him. Knowing this truth should embolden our prayers. We need not be timid or shy as if we could annoy God. Instead we can confidently approach God who loves us more deeply than we can fathom and longs for our devotion.

How are you doing as you practice praying continually? What are you struggling with?