call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my
Have you ever left a message for someone
to contact you and never received a call? Have you been the guilty party that
did not pick the phone up and dial back on occasion? With a heavy heart, I can
say I have. By the way, that answer is to both questions.
I’ve called friends, family, doctors, and employers
at one time or another and been met with a machine, voicemail or ‘I’ll call you
back in a minute.’ Instead of a returned call, my need was forgotten. It hurts.
On the flipside of the matter, I’ve been
the one to say, ‘I’ll call you back.”Then life happened! My son tried to learn how to fly on his bike or my
basement became Wyoming’s newest lake. I
forgot to call you back. I didn’t mean to forget. You’re really are my best friend,
the best mom in the whole world, or a terrific boss.
Communication skills are tough. God
teaches us a cool one in prayer.
Philippians 4:6 “Do
not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Okay. So that means, make a phone call.
Does that mean He’ll answer or will I just get the machine?
Mark 11:24“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Communication with God requires faith.
Yes, that’s right. God doesn’t just want me to throw my wants and my needs His
way. He wants me to believe in His
answer to those requests. So what is faith?
Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we
hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Petitions to the Father to heal pain, mend
the soul, pay the bills, touch the spirit…lifted high to the heavens. Or do they
seem to hit a ceiling then crash to your feet? Unanswered.
joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”