“Please Stay on the Line”
Getting put on hold can be a very frustrating experience. But the God of the universe never puts us on hold! The question is: Are we communicating with Him?
“Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line, and a customer service representative will be with you momentarily.”
Sometimes I feel like there couldn’t be a more self-aware lie in our Western society! Does anyone believe it when they hear it? Do those who record the message believe it themselves? More oft than not, I feel my call is not important to the sprawling mega-corporation I am trying to reach, and it will be a painfully long time before a customer service representative is with me.
Finally, after an excruciating 67 minutes and 48 seconds of a looping song I will never want to hear again, someone will pick up the phone. If I’m lucky, he or she will have a basic to moderate understanding of my native language—but still will likely not be able to help me with my problem. The representative might offer to transfer me to someone with the ability to resolve my problem … would I mind if he or she just put me on hold for a moment?
And the painful process continues. …
God declares that He hears all the prayers of His people.Straight to the top
As a general rule, the individual is not a high priority to huge companies. When customers are measured in terms of millions, the complaints or concerns of one single person are frankly trivial. Even if they forever lose your business, the impact on their bottom line will be nearly unnoticeable.
That’s what makes God so incredible.
God, who created the entire universe out of nothing, who alone can claim the riches of every galaxy and every planet—God, who needs nothing from us and who owes nothing to us—that same God declares that He hears all the prayers of His people (Psalm 34:17; 1 John 5:14-15).
Just to put that into perspective, imagine being able to pick up your phone and call the personal number of, say, the CEO of Apple or General Motors or Walmart—no hold music, no wait times, just picking up your phone and speaking directly to the leader of a multinational corporation, whether it’s because you need a problem resolved or assistance in reaching a goal.
We can do that—except, instead of a CEO, we have a direct line of contact to the Creator and Master of everything ever. The God who is intimately aware of everything going on all over earth and in the lives of the 7 billion people that live on this earth.
God is listening
So the real question here is, are you and I putting that line of contact to use? Because it’s not just that we can talk to God, it’s that we’re actively encouraged to talk to God. Peter wrote to remind us to “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God … casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). God cares about you. He wants to hear from you.
Are we making that call?
To learn more about how to communicate with God through prayer, read “How to Talk to God.”