Psalm 139 is a great prayer that reminds us that God is intimately involved in our lives. Part of that involvement is his constant presence. As David prays, he recognizes God’s presence with him:
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me. (v7-10)
Do we recognize God’s presence with us when we pray? Do we consider that he is right there with us?
The address to our prayers should remind us of who we are talking to and that he is right there listening to us. When we start our prayers with “Dear Lord” or “Our Father” or something similar, these addresses ought to draw all of our attention to our very present God. And yet I fear we too often zip right through it; we forget who we are talking to. We just start talking without thinking about what we are doing. At least I know I do.
How different our prayers might be if at the beginning of each prayer we simply stopped to consider who we are talking to, if we recognized that we are talking to a great God who is right there listening to us. We are not talking to the air. We are not talking to ourselves. We are not talking to a distant god who may or may not hear us. We are talking to a very present God who hears every word. As we recognize his presence, we can really talk to God as we should.