There’s a charitable movement online now days. Whether it’s searching for E.T.’s or folding proteins, distributed computing uses your computer when you’re not using it to crunch numbers and do operations that used to be relegated to super-computers. There’s a less altruistic version of this same idea where spammers take over computers of unsuspecting internet users and use them to send spam. Either way the effect is the same. Your computer is used to it’s full potential to do more than the task that you mainly do. May be it’s the case that you tend to edit video or do 3D animation, so you don’t have much unused overhead on your computer. Maybe you just surf the net and write word document so you do.

It occurred to me that the human brain is much the same. Quite often we have “unused clock cycles”. If you’re mowing the lawn, doing laundry, driving the car, etc., you might find yourself quite bored. In modern life, the solution is to turn on the radio or tv, make a call, or otherwise use those “unused cycles.”

Now, here’s what I’m wondering. What if we have extra “system resources” or “clock cycles” by design? What if that extra bandwidth isn’t for being aware of predators or being on the look-out for a mate? What if it’s for prayer?

The Apostle Paul told the church at Thessalonica to “pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17). I always thought that was overkill. What if it’s not? What if God designed us to do just that?

This seemed really true to me last night as I walked through Wal-mart doing my grocery shopping. I had my bluetooth headset on my ear and had my wife on the line. We were talking about all sorts of things. It occurred to me that if I wanted to walk around praying aloud with no one looking at me strangely, just having that headset on my ear would do the trick. Now it matters that I talk to God like a friend, not like someone who only understands 18th century English–that would give away the charade.