Pity my generation! We are the "in between" people. We attended school long before the computer was around. Young people today find that hard to believe, but it's true. The upshot of all of this is that we are essentially computer illiterate, but we are living in an age when knowledge of the computer is basically essential if you are going to survive.
My parents' generation were, of course, in the same situation, but it seems to me that they were on the receiving end of much greater sympathy.
They were retired, or about to retire, and many were willing to come to their aid - "Grandad won't possibly know how to work that." But we mid-20th century people are still working. We're working in a world that has witnessed a digital revolution and often we are seriously struggling to survive.
"Why this special pleading?" you might be asking. Well, this week things came to a head. I purchased a new printer and sat down to install it. So far, so good.
The initial setting-up of the printer was fine, but then the problems began. I could not get the laptop to "talk" to the computer. Thankfully, after studying YouTube videos entitled "How to install a driver" and the very close scrutiny of minutely printed instructions, I got there.
But for several hours, there was a total breakdown in communication between laptop and printer. "There is a problem with your connection" was the oft-repeated statement on the laptop screen. They wouldn't connect with one another.
Seems to me that this represents the situation which often exists between us and God.
God is always willing to hear the prayers of His people. If we have a living, personal faith in Jesus Christ, then God's ear is open to our cry.
But sometimes there is a problem connecting. Sometimes there is something preventing us getting through to God.
That "something" is sin. Yes, God is always willing to hear the prayers of His people, but "if we cherish sin in our hearts the Lord will not hear" (Psalm 66:18).
Maybe today you feel that God isn't listening to you. Maybe you feel frustrated that God isn't hearing your cry.
Could I gently, and I hope lovingly, suggest that the problem might be with you?
Cherishing sin and holding onto it will lead to a broken connection between you and God.