I enjoy listening to talk shows whether on the radio or on TV. Two of the things I have learned from listening to these shows are:
1) Rarely does the talk show host let the guest finish a sentence without
2) Secondly, and I find this to be more true of radio callers, that rather than
just calling in and giving their thoughts, people want to be heard. They
want someone to understand their troubles, their circumstances, their
Sometimes, just as a listener to these call-ins, as the caller goes on and on,
I find myself thinking in Seinfeld-like terms … “yada, yada, yada.” Good thing God doesn’t react that way to our prayers!
In Jeremiah 29:12 God tells us, “In those days when you pray, I will listen.”
Certain passages in the Bible include the sometimes hard-to-get-through genealogies and you might wonder why we really needed that information. My study Bible gives this explanation … “Genealogies point out an interesting characteristic of God. People are important to him as individuals, not just as races or nations. The next time you feel overwhelmed in a vast crowd, remember that the focus of God’s attention and love is on the individual … and on you!”
In the movie Bruce Almighty, God (in the form of Morgan Freeman), gives Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) the power to answer prayer as he sees fit. Overwhelmed with all the requests he receives on his computer, he justs responds with a “Yes” to everyone and creates havoc. God, on the other hand, will always truly listen to us. He knows our true heart. He knows our needs.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans
for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”