Excerpt from This Christmas, God Wants You to Know. . .
I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live (Psalm 116:1-2 ESV).
Elaina stood outside her daughter, Tabitha’s open bedroom door watching set out her things in preparation for the next school day. She could hardly believe she was already a teenager—growing up so fast.
Elaina turned to go to back to the kitchen and suddenly stopped when she heard Tabitha begin to pray. The words were so conversational. She had learned to talk to God anytime or anywhere, like she would her very best friend. She listened to her daughter’s honest and open heart—words of adoration and praise poured from her lips.
Just a few moments longer, she listened and then returned to the kitchen. I love hearing her pray, she thought. She thought of her own prayer time with the Lord, and how many times over the years her children heard her pray.
Then, deep within her heart she heard the Lord say, I love to hear you pray even more than you enjoy hearing your child pray. She suddenly felt like a little girl again, talking to her Father, God!
Lord, let my time with you bring me closer to You. Remind me how much you love to hear from me and never let me forget how important our relationship is. Amen.