Caller I.D.

Every day I receive quite a lot of telephone calls on my cell phone.  After being alerted by the ringtone, I can then look at the phones caller I.D. to see who is calling.  If I am friends with the person then the person’s name will appear.  However, if it just displays a telephone number then I do not answer it.  I come to the conclusion that it is probably a telemarketer and I just don’t to hear their offer because I know once you say hello to them, it is hard to end the conversation.  And in some cases, I just hang up.  I just don’t want to be sucked into a conversation.

In the scriptures we are invited to call upon God in prayer.  In Jeremiah 33:3 we read, “Call to me and I will answer you.”  The promise of God is that God will always answer those who call upon his name.  God never hears our prayers and thinks to himself, “Oh no, not them again; I won’t answer and maybe they will stop calling.” No, our God is a God who welcomes our calls.  God not only welcomes our calls, but God listens attentively.  The Psalmist would proclaim, “But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer.” (Psalm 66:19)

God never gets too busy, bored, frustrated, or tired of hearing his children call upon his name.  From the very beginning of creation, God’s desire has been to be in conversation with each person he has made.  God not only wants to hear our voices, but God also wants to speak to us as well.  Saint Teresa of Avila was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, author, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer.  Saint Teresa once wrote, “For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”  God’s greatest desire is to share his life and love with us; to be our friend.

As our friend, God welcomes our calls.  God loves to hear from us and to hear our voices.  Thus, we can call on God wherever we are, whatever we are involved in, and however we feel.  God will always pick up from his end.  We just simply have to make the call.



Published by Dr. Philip W. Turner

Since 1991 I have had the joy of serving as Pastor of Pine Street Baptist Church in the community of Oregon Hill in Richmond, Virginia. The people I have met a long the way have inspired me in my daily ministry. I have truly been blessed.

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