January 30 - Hello, God! Can You Hear Me Now?

By Terrill L. Pearson

Today's Scripture: Psalm 25:6-7

Central Thought: God will remember you with His tender mercies and His loving kindness.

    Do you ever feel that God is just not listening or that somehow our prayers are just not getting through?

    A kindly grandfather loved to take his grandchildren to the store with him. On one occasion, he announced such an outing. This, of course, generated much excitement among the grandchildren who had visions of bubble gum, Snickers, and M&M's in their heads. One small fellow, however, seemed to have trouble getting his shoes on, and he just knew he would be forgotten in the rush. Alone with the tangle of unruly shoelaces, his anguish could be heard all the way out to the garage, 'POPPY… DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME!”

    Many times we feel the same way about God. It is easy to assume that, for whatever reason, God has not heard our prayers or that He has entirely forgotten about us. The Psalmist reflects this very thought in today's verses when he prayed that God would remember him. First, he asked God to remember how He had shown mercy to him in times past for other sins. Next, the Psalmist asked God not to hold his past sins against him.

    The good news is that God does remember us and can hear us when we pray. God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins if we ask Him, and He is willing to send good things to us. He desires to bless His children and to see them do well. God does not want us to fail; he desires to see us become everything He has purposed in our lives. Regardless of past sins or failures, God chooses not to hold them against us, but to treat us as if they never happened.

    God never sleeps, goes on vacation, or loses his hearing. When we call upon him, He will answer.

Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to know that You do hear me when I pray and that it is Your desire to help me in my time of need.

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 10:1-12:13; Matthew 20:1-28; Psalm 25:1-15; Proverbs 6:6-11