We have all learned to live with voice mail as a necessary part of modern life. Gone are the days when a real person greets you on the other end of a phone call. It seems as though whenever we try to "reach out and touch someone", we are greeted with a computerized voice.
But have you ever wondered, "What if God decided to install voice mail?" Imagine praying and hearing this, "Thank you for calling my Father's House. Please select one of the following options:
Press 1 for requests.
Press 2 for thanksgiving.
Press 3 for complaints.
Press 4 for all other inquiries."
What if God used the familiar excuse, "All the angels are helping other customers right now. Please stay on the line. Your call will be answered in the order it was received."
Can you imagine getting these kinds of responses as you call on God in prayer?
"If you would like to speak to Gabriel,
For Michael, press 2.
For a directory of other angels, press 3.
If you'd like to hear King David sing a Psalm while you're on hold, press 4.
For more grace, press 5.
To find out if a loved one has been assigned to Heaven, enter his or her social security number.
For reservations at My Father's House, press J-O-H-N and 3-1-6.
For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth and where Noah's Ark is, please wait until you arrive here."
"Our computers show that you have already called once today. Please hang up and try again tomorrow."
"The office is closed for the weekend. Please call again on Monday after 9:00 AM."
I'm glad this isn't true of our Heavenly Father. He is always there. "Call to Me, and I will answer you." Jeremiah 33:3
Thank God, you can't call Him too often! "Then you will call and the Lord will answer, you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am'." Isaiah 58:9
Don't ever give up praying, because Jesus will answer our prayers. "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." John 5:14-15. What a wonderful promise!
Is it His will to save our families? Of course, it is!
"The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9
Blessings to you and your families.