I have written letters to God in my mind a million times. As a kid I read my letters to Him out loud before bed. They were more like prayers. I struggled with being humble. I felt like I was not humble enough and that I was too selfish when I was talking to Him. I didn’t want Him to get the wrong impression and think that I was only talking to Him because I needed something. The reality was that I didn’t approach Him if I didn’t need anything. I didn’t know that He was always listening and He was always available. I also believed that there were only certain times when I was supposed to talk to Him. I used to think that bedtime prayers were the only prayers I could say. The day was reserved for anything but communicating with God. I had God in such a tiny box now that I think about it. I limited my interaction with Him and I limited my vision of Him. I had this heavy weight of my own thoughts and my own fears that got in the way. God was good but He was so far in my mind. He listened to me only when I was good. That is what I was led to understand. Was He a good listener? He had to be because He was God but in my book He didn’t pay much attention to me because I was pretty much a nobody based on how I perceived myself. All those lies were eventually met with the truth of the Lord. It is amazing how just reading a few pages in the Bible can enlighten you and open you up to a different world. A world where the Lord cares and listens. God is the best listener there is and we ought to talk to Him more. Let’s do away with the ceremonial prayers that are just said at a certain time, on a certain day and at a certain place. The Lord is always around and His ears are wide-open to your tears, to your requests, to your praises, to your prayers, to your cries for help and to your heart. I am here to remind you today that the Lord is listening. Have no doubt that He wants you to talk, He wants to answer you and He desires for you to engage in daily conversations with Him.
When we think that someone is not paying attention to us and is never listening to us, we tend to avoid the person or we never communicate with him or her. We realize that there is no point in trying to talk to the person. Sometimes we keep on trying and we waste some precious time when we keep hoping for a deaf ear to come alive and pay attention to us. The One who will never turn us down and reject us is the Lord. There is no doubt that He is always paying attention but when our focus is on someone else or something else, we will not be made aware of how attentive the Lord is. When we pursue people and things that are not receptive to our inquiries or our need to communicate, we head in the direction of disappointment. It eventuall leads to sorrow and sadness and keeps us in a vicious cycle of low self-esteem and other negative experiences. God will never let us down. When we turn to Him, He is smiling and focusing on us. You and I are extremely precious in His eyes. He would move Heaven and earth to listen to us and to help us. When we go to God the Father in the name of His Son, He listens. I learned years ago that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and we need Him to get to the Father. He is the perfect go-between. He is our intercessor and our connection to God the Father. I was recently reminded by a friend of the power of praying in the name of Jesus. It is something that I do instinctively now but I need to take a step back and think about how powerful and how amazing His name is. If you are not doing it, I encourage you to pray in the name of Jesus. Talk to the Father and go to Him in the name of His Son Jesus Christ.
I thank the Lord for listening to me. I thank God in the name of His amazing Son for listening to me. God listens. When His Son is mentioned, He always listens. There are quite a few passages in the Bible that deal with Jesus being the only way. He is the only way. There is one way and it is Jesus. Go that one way and you will find your way to God. You will see how He listens. Have faith that He does listen to you. He is all ears. With such an extraordinary listener things can’t go wrong. Why? Because He not only listens but He acts. He acts and makes sure that you are blessed, that you are taken care of and that you are loved. Speak up because the Lord is listening. Don’t be shy and don’t hold back. He is paying attention. Don’t be formal. Don’t be mundane. Talk to your Father. Have conversations with Him throughout the day. Speak up and let your needs be heard. Speak up and let your love for Him be heard. Speak up and let your fears disappear as you lean into the Lord. Speak up and let the peace of the Lord invade you as you get near to Him. Speak up and let your heart express what your mind can’t say. The Lord is listening. Keep talking. Jesus is always making a way so you can reach the Father. He is listening. Praise Him!
Suggested reading: John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5