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Sand Mountain Sermonette 14

Jeremiah 33:3; Mark 11:17; Luke 11:1

Sand Mountain Sermonette 14

Dialing God

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

I used to love to watch my Mamaw Mabrey talk on the phone when I was over at her house for a visit. She had a black phone mounted on the wall next to the door that opened onto her carport right off the kitchen. Papaw had replaced the original cord with one that was long and stretchy so Mamaw could walk over to the stove and prepare her meals while she talked on the phone. My favorite conversations involved one of Mamaw’s friends from her women’s group at church. I can’t remember her name, so I will refer to her as “Clara.” When Clara called, my grandmother knew it was going to be a lengthy conversation because Clara loved to talk and talk! However, Mamaw had developed a clever little maneuver for when the conversation had gone on too long in her opinion. She would proceed to walk over to the door, knock several times on the wall, and say, “Clara, someone’s at the door and I’m going to have to hang up” which worked every time!

Once, I asked Mamaw about her little maneuver she made on Clara, and she told me not to worry about it “for there was someone at the door, she just didn’t let Clara know it was her.” You see, Mamaw not only knew Clara’s phone number and Clara knew hers, but most importantly, Mamaw knew how to dial God for she was a woman of prayer and great love for God and others.

One has referred to Jeremiah 33:3 as “God’s phone Number.” His line is never busy. Your call to Him never goes to voice mail or drops the signal, and He always answers and in a way that far exceeds our most optimistic expectations; “great and mighty things which you do not know.” In Mark 11:17, Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” And the one question recorded in Scripture the disciples asked of Jesus was, “Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1.

Speaking through the prophet, the Lord tells us “to call to Him” and He will answer us and talk to us! What is prayer? Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. We dial His number (Jeremiah 3:33) and He promises to answer, and the connection is made via of the Holy Spirit. Won’t you call Him today with Bible and heart open, ready to listen and to receive?

Pastor Louie