Title: Can You Hear Me Now?
Author: Sallie Taylor
Text: John 8:47
When cell phones were just becoming popular, a well known advertising line was “Can you hear me now?” The ad gave the impression of two persons engaged in conversation using a cell phone connection. The problem was that only one of the parties was hearing the other. In an effort for the speaker to reach the other person in this ad, he changed his location several times, calling through his cell phone, “Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?“
We generally think of prayer as a time when we can have conversation with God. “Conversation” implies a minimum of two parties engaging together. For years my prayers consisted of praise, thanks, then a move into a period of asking for “stuff” – things that I needed and things that my heart desired. More times than a few, my “Amen” was followed by a quick return to the demands of the day.
In recent years I began to realize that I was spending much of my prayer time seeking God’s gifts rather than the real treasure – God himself. I began to understand that at the close of my prayers I was “hanging up” on God before He had a chance to communicate with me.
I’ve now learned that God actually has things to say to me – things that He wants me to know about His purpose for me in His overall plan. I’ve learned that He can give me direction and correction as I read through scripture. I’m growing increasingly sensitive to Holy Spirit “nudges” or “whispers” or “intuitive impressions” that come during my prayer or Bible reading time – or even just during the course of my daily routine. I’m seeing how, when I listen carefully, I’m led to places where God wants to use me in a particular way.
Doesn’t it just make sense that Father God, who is with us always, wants from time to time to speak a few words to us? Thankfully, we don’t need a cell phone to hear Him. We must be careful, however neither to “hang up” on Him nor to “cut Him off” too quickly as we pray.
In this Lenten Season, let us ask God to “fine tune” our hearing so the Lover of our soul may never have to call to us, “Can you hear me now?”
This little verse can remind us daily that God wants always to guide us into the bigger plan for His kingdom:
Oh! Give me Samuel’s ear’
An open ear, O Lord,
Alive and quick to hear
Each whisper of Thy word;
Like him to answer to Thy call
And to obey Thee first of all.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
He who is of God hears God’s words. John 8:47