The ideas expressed here may be controversial for some - they're intended to be.
The idea is to get you thinking about why you believe what you believe, and generate a bit of discussion.
Many blogs offer devotional inspiration, I want to offer theological inspiration.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Prayer is a Broadband Router

If you connect to the internet through broadband, the chances are you will have a router or similar box which feeds stuff from the web onto your computer. There are two types of routers; wireless and wired. The wireless router ‘beams’ information from the internet onto your computer giving you the ability to wander out into the garden with your laptop and surf the web from there. The problem with wireless routers is that the further you wander from the router, the weaker the signal gets, until eventually it is lost altogether.

Exchange the words “internet” for “God” and “router” for “prayer”, and you get a common teaching about how prayer works. You keep connected to God, it is sometimes said, by staying close to him in prayer, let your focus on your prayer life wander and you ‘lose the signal’. Wander too far and you may lose your connection altogether.
I'm not convinced by this argument.

The other kind of router, the wired one, is exactly what it says. Your computer is permanently connected to the router with a wire. The disadvantage is obvious; you can never be further than a cable’s length from your router. The advantage, though, is that you are permanently connected to the internet and your signal is always full strength.

It’s actually the wired router which more closely represents the nature of your relationship to God and prayer. You can’t lose your connection. Whether you surf once a day for twenty minutes or whether you connect only briefly at odd moments throughout the day makes no difference to the quality of your connection to the Web. It’s always full strength.

Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers.” John 15:5-6

2 comments:

  1. I also see this as an anology for how a people can find it difficult to live ALL areas of their life as a Christian. The wired router represents the Christian 'plugging in' to God through scheduled prayer, church and other worship and mediatation. It is only when they 'go wireless'into everyday life that the signal is weaker and transgressions become more likely. Paul told us to pray without ceasing - Stay connected, stay wired!
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  2. I prefer the analogy of using a wireless router. Don't forget, even though the signal is weak you still get full communication. Wander where life takes you Just make sure there is some way of connecting however weak. Prayer is a digital connection and will always get through.

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