We recently dog-sat for my mother and father-in-law while they went on a vacation. Their Boston Bull Terrier, Cody, is a good dog and pretty easy to have around. However, I'm more of a cat person. So, although I don't dislike dogs, I am kind of indifferent to them.
One day while he was visiting us, I started thinking about how different family members talk to Cody.
Let's start with me. The extent of my conversations are pretty well summed up in just a few sentences - "Hey, Cody. How are you?" Or, "You need to go outside, Cody?"
Then there's my daughter, an avid animal lover. She misses Cody when she hasn't seen him in a month or two. When they are together, she adores his cuteness. "Who's so cute??? Oh, who's the cutest little doggy???" She plays with him and scratches behind his ears.
However, my daughter's conversations don't even compare to how my mother-in-law talks to Cody. She talks to Cody in full sentences and he understands every word. They talk about the mailman and other visitors, his basket full of toys, the animals in the backyard, and family members. Sometimes I think she could tell him something like Mitt Romney is running against Barack Obama for President, and he would run into the guest room and come back with an elephant in his mouth.
So, while Cody was staying with us, here is what I started wondering...
How many of us fall into one of these three categories when it comes to our prayer time with God? Are we casually indifferent as we repeat the same phrases over and over? Or, maybe some of us are devoted and adoring, but sporadic. Hopefully, however, a few of us are constantly conversing in a true relationship.
I think a few factors influence our different types of conversation we have with God.