Thursday, January 3, 2008

It's a small world after all



If there is anything that could be said about the last two centuries it is that the world has become a smaller place. This shrinking of the world is due to the marvel of the communication industries. Whether we are talking about Cyrus Fields and the Trans Atlantic Cable or Alexander Graham Bell's telephone, each feat has sealed the fate of the world into become a smaller place. It easy to take communication devices for granted. But for the last millennia, the fastest form of communication was the horse. Today however, I can communicate with someone on the other side of the globe in "real time" without missing a beat. 
These advancements in communication have guaranteed that no group of people should be out of reach regardless of the space that lies between them. These same advancements as well as others have also put an awful acceleration to the motions of sin. It is unrepeatable in many cases. There are so many temptations that lie at the fingertips of any individual with a computer and Internet access. Equally shocking is the level of lewd propaganda that are commonly seen on billboards that line our major freeways. Much of what we see and are accustomed to would have caused outrage many years ago. 
But today we have to train and redirect our eyes and minds, but even this does not ensure the effects they have in some way or another. So what is a person to do? The answer lies in communication. If communication literally shrunk the world, why can't communication spiritually shrink the world as well? There is something about prayer that mutes out the voice of this age. 
I don't believe that we can come out losing this battle if we stay in direct contact with God. I believe that prayer is at the core of Paul's admonition to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Prayer renews the mind and gives us a God-consciousness. None of us who truly dedicates ourselves to moments with our Master can possibly come out from those moments wanting more of this world. 
Communication for Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, ensured that even though the light had gone out in her physical world, it would not go out mentally nor spiritually. After learning manual sign language, Braille, and how to write she became a prolific writer and thinker in spite of her challenges. But the key to her success was in communication. Her ability to communicate reduced and in some caseses errased her challenges as well as their capacities to disable her. If we will apply ourselves to the act of communion with God, there will beam from our souls a power to stagger any sin that comes our way. 
The world will not seem so big nor the task of living in it day to day. There are numerous things that I am convinced I am not anointed to do- singing is one of them. I cannot sing no matter how hard I try- let alone sound anointed while I am trying. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that all of us are anointed in one common area and that is in overcoming the world and all that is in the world. We can shrink the world again through prayer ensuring that no matter where we are we are never disconnected from God.

1 comment:

Carol Connell said...

Very thoughtful post, Bro. Prado. Prayer is definitely our life line. For any relationship to be successful, there must be consistent communication. I liked the way you used Helen Keller as an example. Your preaching has definitely impacted a lot of people, and I have no doubt that your writing will too. Welcome to the blog world, and please say hello to your sweet wife for me.

God bless,

Sister Connell
www.writeathome.wordpress.com