Do you remember answering machines? I remember getting off of the bus as a middle schooler and coming inside to check the answering machine and see who’d called that day to leave a message. Sometimes there weren’t any, but sometimes I’d be sad to have missed a call (especially from a friend or beloved grandparent), and I’d try to call back right away. The answering machine was a great tool, and messages were fun to hear, but it wasn’t as good as actually talking to the person that called.
Thankfully, prayer is not an answering machine; it’s a conversation. You can’t have a conversation with a machine (trust me, I’ve tried with my Amazon Alexa thingy— it doesn’t like me very much). So the question today is this: to whom do we pray?
We lift our prayers to none other than the Holy God who made us and loves us. And because we pray to a HIM and not an IT, our prayers are not one-sided. We don’t just talk at God. We talk with God. That entails listening to Him too.
God wants to hear what we have to say, and He wants us to hear Him as well. He’s the one that invented prayer, and He wants us to “give Him a call.” He never hangs up, either. That’s back to our devo from Monday about praying without ceasing—prayer isn’t as much a hotline as it is an ongoing conversation. He is 100% available 100% of the time. If I decided to make myself available to Him and just listened for what He might want to say to me, for even a little fraction of my day, how might my life change? How might He give comfort and wisdom and forgiveness and blessing and conviction and healing and strength? We see these things happen when people pray in the Bible. And if we listened in prayer as much as we talked, we might see them in our own life too.
Set aside 5 minutes today somewhere quiet (your car, a closet, the bathroom—whatever it takes!). Tell God that you want to listen to Him, and do your best to be still. Feel that He loves you and pray about whatever He brings to your mind!