His Ears are Open

Today, instead of a normal church service, my church did what they called a “concert of prayer”.  It was a new idea, but it was so amazing, so powerful and so touching that I think it is something that should be done perhaps two or three times a year.  It wasn’t an over-spiritual, emotionally-charged event — it wasn’t meant to be that way.  It was simply a gathering of believers, praying in adoration, supplication, thanksgiving and preparation with some songs sung in between.  We would separate into groups and pray in the specified type of prayer until Pastor read some verses aloud.  It reminded me of Pentecost, simply in the way that as we sat there praying, I could hear the murmur of 175 other voices — all lifted up to the same God.  All offering their praise, their thanks, their requests, their burdens… to the only Lord.  And He heard every one.

“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” (Ps. 55:17)

What is so amazing about the Christian faith?  It is the fact that our God takes an interest in us.  More than an interest — He has a relationship with us.  My favorite part of relationships is the fact that we can talk to each other — about each other, with each other!  And that is what we can do with God.  I am learning to talk to Him about everything.  My family has told me recently that I tend to talk a little too much at home — and that is understandable, as I am a very talkative person.  So rather than dominate their time, I have begun telling God about my day… all the details that might bore anybody else.  And He listens.  And He guides.  As I tell him what happened at work I might feel in my heart something saying, “You could have handled yourself better in that situation,” or maybe “I was proud of you then.”  God is always accessible to us through prayer. 

Unfortunately for Christians, I don’t think they take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to converse with their Creator.  Many people (like me) will just throw in a five minute prayer in the morning and call it good.  And it is.  But what we miss when we don’t stay, and talk to him longer!  It’s like cutting a conversation short with a good friend, and never discovering his dreams, plans, hopes, and loves.  You are missing out on who He really is.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 4:6-7)

Not only are we blessed with the privilege to talk to God whenever, wherever and however we wish, but we are also guaranteed His peace to guard our minds.  I know that His protection of my thoughts is necessary, because that is where sin will always begin for me.  As the Guardian of our minds, and the Bearer of our burdens, we are free to be “anxious for nothing” and obtain the peace of God… a peace that surpasses understanding!

I would encourage my readers in one thing, and that is to pray diligently.  What I do, and what I suggest for other young women, is that you begin your day with prayer.  I used to get up at 6:30 and decide to read and pray for one hour.  I made a prayer list, based on one in Sarah Mally’s book Before You Meet Prince Charming (Very good, by the way!), and would pray for five minutes on each topic.  After three weeks it became the highlight of my day — my mornings were precious to me.  And all throughout the ensuing hours He was ever there to guide me.  But keep in mind that the Enemy is ready to attack, and his best tools are discouragement and distraction.  Be wary; protect your prayer time, but be sure that whenever, wherever or however you do it, that you PRAY!  His ears are always open.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers…” (1 Pet. 3:12)

 

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Phy!
    I like your posts and have been reading as you have been writing them. Keep up the good work! I know you’re busy, but besides talking to God, could you talk to me? 🙂 Since we’ve been working we haven’t seen much of each other. 🙂

    Love you,
    Ella

  2. That was amazing what your church did! What a unforgettable expierence. I was encouraged reading about your time with the Lord! I so agree with you 100% on the guarding your prayer time!

  3. What you described in the beginning was awesome! I wish it was like that at church all the time: true fellowship with God and each other, like a real family.

    Meshaay

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