Plymouth Congregational Church

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God Hears

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Today we are continuing with yesterday’s theme of “hearing, listening and being slow to anger.”  I wanted to share a prayer that Beth K. used during Sunday’s service.  She thought it came from a book by Max Lucado.  I like the thought of knowing that even when we think no one else is listening to us, that God “silences heaven.” 

Here is the prayer … 

When a friend told Jesus of the illness of Lazarus he said, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” He doesn’t base his appeal on the imperfect love of the Savior.  He doesn’t say, “The one who loves you is sick.” He says, “The one you love is sick..” The power of the prayer, in other words, does not depend on the one who makes the prayer, but on the one who hears the prayer.  We can and must repeat the phrase in manifold ways.  “The one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, depressed.” The words of the prayer vary, but the response never changes.  The Savior hears the prayer.  He silences heaven, so he won’t miss a word.  He hears the prayer.

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