And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. 1 John 5:14
As much as we love them, children -- or little brothers and sisters -- can sometimes make demands that are hard to handle.
Not so long ago I met one smart teenager, who was tired of reading bedtime stories to his little sister every night.
He was quite pleased with himself when he came up with the idea of recording several of her favorite stories on tape. He told her, "Now you can hear your stories anytime you want. Don't you think that's a great idea?"
His bubble was deflated when his sister looked at the machine for a moment and replied, "But I want to hear my stories from somebody that has a lap. The machine doesn't have a lap."
When we talk about God, we often think of Him in terms of being all powerful or all knowing.
We sometimes forget that even though God is a Spirit, He has a lap. He is ready to personally listen to us anytime we wish. In fact, He is far more ready to listen to us than we are to talk to Him.
Unlike the brother in the story, God doesn't get tired of listening to the prayers of His people. He doesn't get weary of talking to us in His Word.
Indeed, because of His Son who has saved us, He is always there to touch our lives and to assure us He cares. He has a lap. I think we'll need to crawl up there and talk to Him a number of times today.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You for always hearing us. Whether we come to You in tears or smiles, we know Your arms are always open to embrace us. In Your Son's Name I give thanks. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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