• Joey Turner

Can You Hear Me Now?

Cell phones. Do you remember when they first became popular? I do. When I was growing up I had an old black rotary phone in my room that my great grandpa had given to me. I will never forget when trying to call someone and having to turn the rotary, which seemed like one hundred turns per call. Then we were introduced to the push button phone. Oh, life became much easier. We were able to punch numbers faster. No rotary, but we were tied down by the cord. Do you remember the cord? I remember trying to talk and walk. I would either choke myself or pull the phone receiver off the wall or table because the cord had become so twisted.

Then it happened. The bag phone. Anybody ever have one of those? My parents bought one because I was beginning to drive. They wanted me to have one while I was on the road. Have you ever tried to act cool with a bag phone? I tried, but it was an epic fail. When you dialed a number on the bag phone the sound from each press of the button would cause you to go deaf because it was so loud. Times were hard back then.

Then came the cell phone. They were large and bulky in the beginning. I never will forget getting the Motorola flip. It was gray in color and large as a person’s head, but it was always cool to flip the phone open when I received a phone call. Fast forward to today… We believe we cannot live without our phones. We are on them to text, to surf the internet, and even call folks every now and then.

Phone calls. Are you like me? When I call I really want people to answer. I dislike leaving messages and if it is not an emergency, most of the time I will not leave one. In Psalm 17 David is once again praying to the Lord and he does not desire to leave God a message. He really needs the Lord in his life.

I notice something very different in David’s prayer. He is very confident he is going to be heard. Honestly, have you ever doubted when you prayed? You are uttering the words and in the back of your mind saying, this is never going to happen. It’s ok to admit you have done this. I have. I am realizing messed up people think in messed up ways. However, I find comfort in David’s prayer.

David is being honest and sincere and he declares his plea comes from honest lips. In Psalm 17:6 he says, “I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.” David’s honesty has encouraged me today. David knows when he calls on his Savior’s name, He will always hear him. No matter what we face, not matter what we are going through He is never too busy.

A lot of times I allow my cell phone to ring and I send the call to my voice mail because I am too busy. I have hit the silence button because I am doing something and could not get to the phone. I am so thankful my Heavenly Father never hits the silence button on me. He always has an ear to hear. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”

Not only does He hear us when we call His name, but He delights in us calling on Him for help. He desires to give us the things we need, not the things we think we need. Sometimes when we pray we get answers we don’t want or our answers take longer than we think they should. However, we must realize none of that is the Lord choosing not to answer our prayers. God hears every prayer we pray: speaking, singing, or even thinking and He answers in His timing.

Psalm 35: 15 says, “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.” The Lord never sleeps and He is always available to hear us when we need Him. God understands our doubts and our fears when we pray. Two words. God hears. No qualifications are needed, there are no restrictions, and with God there are no exceptions. God hears. Of course He hears, we have established that, but does He listen?

There have been many times I have nodded when Amy has spoken to me, but when I’m supposed to do what she asked, I have no clue what she was telling me. Yes, I emphasize the fact that I am a mess. I have learned when I am speaking to others I know they are listening by their eye contact, their body language and even their posture. How do we know God is listening? We cannot see Him? We cannot see His body language or posture. So is He listening?

David knew He was. Remember he said, “I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.” It is very crucial for us to remember that even when we don’t hear, see, or feel God’s response to our prayers, we know that He is listening.

Remember, there is no need to ask God if He can hear you now because we have a confidence that He will always be listening to our prayers. Prayer is talking with a great God. Take these verses with you today, Romans 8:26-28 says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in

our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Never quit calling on Him because He is listening and an added bonus is when we don’t know how to pray the Holy Spirit prays for us.


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