“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 20-21
Remember the old song we used to sing in church – The Royal Telephone. It spoke of how we could be in contact with Jesus any time of the day or night. The line “Central’s never busy, always on the line,” referred to the old country telephone lines, where you had to dial an operator and have her put your call through. Because the whole neighbourhood would be on the same party line, a lot of others would pick up their phones and listen in on your call. Many times, the number you were calling would ring busy, and so you had to keep trying again and again.
But as the song suggested, we do not have those problems when we want to get in touch with Jesus. He is always available, and as this scripture in Jude says, we can pray in the Holy Ghost, and know that He hears our every prayer. No one else is listening in on our conversations, so we can tell Him even the deepest secrets of our heart. His love for us ensures that He listens to all our prayers and will answer—not always in the way we would like, because He knows what is best for us.
If our connection is broken, we know it is not God who did it, but something in our lives that is preventing us from getting through to God. As the song said, “Prayer and faith and promise mend the broken wire.” He is merciful, and as we seek His face, the connection is restored, and we have a clear line again.
Prayer: Lord Jesus I am so thankful that we can approach you in prayer at any moment and know that you are listening and that you will always hear me when I call.
Devotion by Anne Johnston