He Loves to Hear You Pray

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.

The Blessing of Serving Others

Excerpt from This Christmas, God Wants You to Know. . .

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:40 ESV).

The choice to serve others can leave an impression in the hearts of that person and sometimes their families for generations to come. One man’s decision to serve others is eloquently captured in a movie, Schindler’s List. The final scene takes place at Oskar Schindler’s grave as those he served placed stones on his grave. Even today there are small stones of all shapes and sizes placed respectfully one on top of the other on his grave site.

Perhaps each stone placed is a promise made by the one who left it to remember something significant. Perhaps they are thanking God for one man’s courage to stand up when it seemed no one else could. Maybe they owe their very lives to him because without him they would never have been born. Others may hope that they have enough boldness for what they believe in when their time comes to stand.

Schindler chose to serve others and make a life-saving difference in their lives by doing what He could do. No matter how small your service to others may seem, God will use it to bring blessing to your life and to the lives of those you serve!

 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve others. May I recognize the opportunities as they come and take action, bringing blessing to their life and pleasure to You, God. Amen.