Talk to God About Your Interests
By Rick Warren
God loves for you to talk to him about anything. Whatever you're interested in, God is interested in it too. He wants you to talk to him about your interests for three reasons.
God loves you. You exist because God wants to love you. It's the reason you're alive! When you love someone, you're interested in what they're interested in. There are many things I've become interested in because my wife is interested in them—because I love her. God feels the same way about you, but a thousand times more.
God gave you those interests. You know all those hobbies and sports and all the things you like to do? You got those desires from your Creator. He wired you with them, which means he actually knows what you're interested in more than you do. He loves you, and he delights to see you enjoy the things he made you to love.
God enjoys talking with his children. He is your Father. Parents are interested in what their kids are interested in. Are you ever bored while you’re praying? If you are, that’s because you're talking about stuff that you think you should talk about, not what you're actually interested in. God is a good Father, and he’s interested in what you are interested in.
The Bible says it like this: "He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him" (Psalm 103:13 TLB).
If you’re a parent, did you wait until your kids could talk in order to start loving them? Of course not. You loved them deeply, even before they were born or said a word. Whether you ever talk to God in prayer or not, he loves you deeply, just like a parent loves a child before they can't communicate.
But as children begin to grow, parents desire to have a conversation with them. You want to know what they’re thinking and feeling and share their burdens and joys. You want to delight in their interests and hear their perspective.
That's the kind of relationship God wants to have with you. He loves you, whether or not you communicate with him. But he longs for the day that you grow up and talk to him about the stuff that's important to you.
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