“My wife,” Stan began, “has a cousin who occasionally calls her on the phone.”
“They are not real close, but they stay in touch.”
“That seems like a good thing,” I said.
“Generally, yes,” Stan said, “but he is also a source of frustration for my wife.”
“Well, he calls and talks and talks about himself, but when my wife tries to share anything about what is going on with her, his response is usually, ‘I’ve got to go now.’”
“Seems kind of rude,” I said.
“You got that right, my friend,” Stan responded and continued, “and I am afraid I do that too often with God.”
“How so?” I asked.
“Too often in my prayers, I do all of the talking and none of the listening.”
“I go on and on telling God about things He already knows, and then when He wants to say something to me, I don’t take the time to listen.”
“He does not care much for when I say, in essence, ‘Well, I’ve got to go now.’”
“And,” Stan continued, “you know that is just plain foolishness on my part. How dumb is it to be talking with the Lord God Almighty and not take the time to listen to what He has to say?”
This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him! Luke 9:35.
Prayer: Lord, I ask you to forgive me all of the times I come to you and only want to tell you what is on my mind and heart, and not listen to you. Thank you that you do want to share your heart with me. Please help me to not only hear, but also to truly listen to all you have for me. Thank you that I can and do come before you with these prayers in the name of your son Jesus. Amen.