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"God's Willingness to Listen"

May 1, 2003

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Psalm 138:3 "When I called, You answered me; You made me bold and stouthearted."

We need not worry about the problems we face daily, for Jesus, out of love, will gladly carry them for us. God's Word for today assures us that we have a ready listener--One who does not get bored with our constant pleading, but who listens and answers our prayers in the best possible way for us.

Quite often, one of our biggest frustrations results when people are so involved with their own concerns and affairs that they do not have time to listen when we are hurting or despairing. Sometimes even our loved ones may turn a deaf ear to our words. This only makes us hurt more and wonder if anyone cares.

At such times, we do well to remember that our Lord Jesus has promised to hear us and to answer our prayers. He is always close by and never too busy -- never too tired to offer us His word of comfort. He makes our hearts bold and strengthens us so we can face the difficulties and heartaches that life sends our way. He is always by our side, ready to support and defend us as we struggle with our flesh, the world, and the devil. He is our gracious Savior.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for listening and for helping me face those things that would rob me of faith and joy. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 20-21    Psalms 34    Luke 21:20-38

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