Jeremiah 33:1-5

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Google God

Praying Effectively

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

In 1998, two Ph.D. students at Stanford University developed a search engine that used a proprietary algorithm designed to retrieve and order search results that would provide the most relevant and dependable sources of data possible. Their research project evolved into “Google” and has become the No. 1 search engine in the world. Google's stated mission is to “organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.” The search engine's position in the industry (along with the other three big tech industries: Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) has generated criticism and concern about the power it has to influence the flow of information on the Web. The Google search engine is so dominant that “Google” can also be used as a verb, so that when someone searches for something on Google, they may say they “Googled” it. Although the Google corporation has since branched out to provide many other products beyond search, the search engine is still the company's most popular service.

At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, prayer is a lot like “googling” God. The Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent God promised Jeremiah that when he called on God, God would answer Jeremiah and tell him unsearchable things. Whereas Google is limited to the realm of searchable things, God is not. His promise to Jeremiah and to us is that if we ask, He will not necessarily tell us everything we want to know when we want to know it, but He will tell us what we need to know, when we need to know it. That makes prayer the most dominant and essential search engine in the universe.