Faith Encouragement

When Can I Pray?

CTA - Christ to All /Nov. 03, 2020
When Can I Pray?

By Jane L. Fryar

 As it turns out, there never was a “red phone” on the President’s desk. The hotline between Moscow and the United States, established after the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, was in reality teletype equipment. In 1986, it was replaced by a fax machine which, in turn, was replaced by a secure computer link in 2008. Today, if the President sends an urgent message to his Russian counterpart, it arrives via e-mail.

 Despite the changes across the decades, that hotline was open for use whenever it was needed. That line is still open.

Most of us as Christians take it for granted that we can talk with our heavenly Father 24/7. We trust that the hotline to heaven is always open. Pause to consider for a moment, though, how remarkable that is! Someone far more powerful and far wiser than any earthly ruler holds a line open for us. Psalm 121:4 (ESV) notes:

Behold, he who keeps Israel

 will neither slumber nor sleep.

Our prayers never catch our Lord off guard, on vacation, or taking a nap. What’s more, our God is our “keeper.” He does not just hear us. He hears—and helps! He keeps us safe, keeps us close, keeps us on the right track, and brings us back to himself when we wander away. How comforting!

 Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s book How to Pray.

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Editor’s note: Most of us as Christians take it for granted that we can talk with our heavenly Father 24/7. We trust that the hotline to heaven is always open. Pause to consider for a moment, though, how remarkable that is! Someone far more powerful and far wiser than any earthly ruler holds a line open for us.

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