Zacchaeus was a rich and influential man, but because he couldn’t see Jesus through the huge crowd and so he climbed a tree.
I was reading this again in Luke 19 and it left me wondering how desperate I am to talk with Jesus.
You see, most people pray but prayers can be like sending a letter. A letter contains the words that we want to communicate to another person. We write a letter without hearing anything back from the person that we are sending it to.
Zacchaeus ended up meeting with Jesus who went over to talk with him and this is what I believe that god wants prayer to be like (the trees are optional though, don’t worry!)
Prayer should be talking with God and not just at him.
One of the reasons that we can struggle with hearing God is that we live in an instant society. We expect everything quickly but in contrast, quite often communicating with God takes time as we attempt to tune into his wavelength.
God is speaking, but we need to learn to listen and we need to allow enough time to hear from him rather than expecting a quick fix from heaven.
How will we make time to talk with Jesus today?
You can read more about Zacchaeus in The one where Jesus did something outrageous and shocking.