*** This article is part of a blog series by a Guest Author: Nic Thackwray. It is a journey into understanding better God’s Zeal for His House. You can check out the Introduction to the series here. ***
The Garden of Eden: paradise, inhabited by God and man. God with man and woman…the way it is meant to be; friendship with God acted out every day of every week of every year for all eternity, worshiping and knowing our Father intimately and completely.
And they heard the sound
of the LORD God
walking in the garden
in the cool of the day.
What does the absolute presence of God sound like? Adam would not have stopped at hearing His presence. When God would walk in the Garden, Adam would first hear Him, then he would see. He would see God. He would see His face. Then he would smell His fragrance, he would feel God embrace him, he would feel the physical glory of God fill his body with energy and life and love and Adam’s heart would overflow with worship and adoration – and the heart of God would delight in Adam.
Prayer is not a means to an end. It is the end. Or rather it is our end, our greatest purpose. If we only pray in order to ask God to do something, or pray to fulfill our spiritual duty, or even pray because we believe it is good and God wants us to do it, then we are missing the point. It is prayer that God created us for. Not the prayer that we think of in our imperfect minds, not the prayer that most of us experience today, but unadulterated face-to-face prayer. And if Moses, who was under an inferior covenant experienced face-to-face prayer with God, then surely, surely it is accessible to us now through our perfect Sacrifice, through Jesus!
I am starting to see prayer as the very purpose of my existence, as the restored communion with God that was once enjoyed in the Garden, as any and every type of intentional communication both to and from the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is restoring what was lost in the fall: the garden, except now we will live with God in a house, and we are the house. Next week I will look at what being God’s house means for us.
Father, restore me to my original purpose, to intimate communion with You, to a life lived in Your presence, worshiping You and loving You, forever.