Do you think God is deaf, or has a short attention span? Yeah, that’s it, a very short attention span, and somehow it sounds to me as if you think He has forgotten His name. I actually saw a post a few weeks ago where a person wrote how it would sound if we talked to each other the way we talk to God. It was funny but true, it was something like: (using my name here) “Haro just came to tell you Haro that there is so much trouble in my life Haro and Haro I need for you to come on the scene Haro and take care of my needs. Haro I need you to send angels to guard over me Haro and take care of my family”, and it went on, only the author had a much funnier scenario than the one I have just given to you! The reason this is on my mind is because of something I experienced yesterday, and believe me I am not making fun of anyone, truly I’m not, it’s just that I think it needs to be pointed out to those of us who need to talk with God on a daily basis and more often when we have an emergency.
I was called by someone who sounded in great distress because her spouse was having a difficult time breathing, she wanted me to come right over and I explained that I was about twelve miles away from home and couldn’t get there right away because of traffic but I would make arrangements for someone to come to them. Before I hung up I was asked to pray which I gladly did. I told God the situation, as if He didn’t know but I knew this person expected me to rehearse it to the Lord, then I started on my way to see about them while calling someone else to go and take them to Urgent Care while I was on my way to meet them. As soon as I walked into the little curtained area I was asked to pray again, so again I reminded God of what was going on, by now I knew He was a little tired of my redundancy and felt embarrassed but proceeded to explain in detail how important it was for Him to answer this prayer. My son, who had helped me by taking them there, was leaving since I was now able to take charge and as he was leaving he was asked to pray, yet again. This time it was on him to pray, but he did add a prayer for anyone else in Urgent Care who was in need of it whereupon I heard a voice from the curtained off area next to us say, “Amen”. My son left and then their son came in, as soon as he came in the room he was asked to pray, I obediently bowed my head as his mother gripped my arm and listened to yet another prayer for the same thing we had already prayed for, how many times now? Are you keeping count?
The doctor came in and told me I needed to take the patient to the Emergency Room to have some tests done that they were not equipped to do, I thanked him, got the paperwork and started to leave, you guessed it, I was once again asked to pray, I kid you not. I drove them to the hospital and around to the Emergency Room entrance where we were met by their son. I told them I needed to go home and asked their son to keep me updated on anything that needed to be done. Again the vice grip on my upper arm and the demand to pray. I said, “Well we have prayed about this several times already but OK,” I prayed, got in my van and as I was pulling out of the hospital parking lot I apologized to God for acting as if He were deaf, dumb, short minded, and didn’t care enough about us to hear our earnest and repetitive prayers on the behalf of this man.
I have changed the way I pray drastically, instead of telling God all the things I think He ought to know, I have realized that if He is aware when a sparrow falls to the ground and knows the number of hairs on my head then He knows that I am counting on Him for angel protection for my family and everything that we have need of, so I thank Him for it. After I have thanked Him and praised Him for His goodness, mercy and excellent kindness toward me and my family and call out the names of a few people for whom I have promised to pray every day I pray the way the Lord taught His disciples to pray and that prayer includes every single thing we need every single day!
Here’s the way to think of it, if your children woke up begging you to have food in the house and kept telling you how hungry they were going to be when they came home from school and continued to beg as if you had never, ever supplied any food for them, wouldn’t you be upset that they acted as if you had always neglected them? And yet that is exactly the way we approach God. God gives us the sun by day and the moon by night along with the stars, we have air to breathe and water to quench our thirst and wonderful vegetables that grow from the dirt and fruit that grows from brown wooden trees, in other words He sees to our needs. In the desert He fed the grumbling Children of Israel with manna and quail and supplied water when they needed it along with a cloud to shade the sun by day and a fire to warm them by night. You must remember that He is the very same God now as He was then and He still cares for each one of us, we are His children!
So reader, thank you for reading me reader, please come again reader and forgive my foolishness! I am smiling now J