Monday, March 28, 2016

9-1-1 Prayers

By Andrea Merrell

O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer!
Psalm 61:1 NLT

“Hello, this is heaven … what is your emergency?”

Is this what we expect to hear when we offer up crisis prayers? Life happens; it’s a fact. Situations and circumstances come in all shapes and sizes, generally when we least expect them. Sometimes we wait until they knock us off our feet before we pick up the hotline to heaven, but many times those are the only things we pray about.

Am I saying it’s wrong to pray about big things?

Absolutely not.

What I am saying is that when we fail to make prayer a daily habit—as natural as breathing—we neglect praying about the small things as well. The Bible is very clear in Philippians 4:6 (NLT) when it says, Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Did you catch that? Pray about everything. God loves us and wants to be consulted about everything and included in everything. He is never too busy or too disinterested for us to communicate with Him. He does not have call waiting or voicemail, and His line is never busy. He has no secretary or assistant to screen His calls, and He will never put us on hold while he takes care of someone else.

When we live a life of prayer and intimate communion with our Father, this is what we can expect to hear: “Hello, my child … I've been waiting for your call. What can I do for you? My riches and kingdom are at your disposal.”

Won't you call on Him today?

(Photos courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)


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