«If you ask for the help of understanding and cry out for understanding» (Proverbs 2: 3)
Solomon’s great dream was to build the temple that David, his father, had always wanted to build. So as soon as he came to the throne, he put builders and architects to work to erect one of the most imposing shrines in Israel’s history. Seven years later the temple was finished. It was a true masterpiece dedicated to the honor and glory of the heavenly Father.
On the inauguration day, the King of Israel organized an impressive ceremony. However, at the peak of the day he prostrated himself to the Lord and begged him that this place be especially a place to listen to the requests of the people. There, Hebrew priests, monarchs, and residents could be assured that they would be heard by God.
One of the great human needs is to be heard. It is said that many patients who come to see the doctor do not suffer from serious health problems. In reality, they just want to be heard. Personally, I remember that when I was a pastor in Mexico City, on various occasions I received phone calls from Christian immigrants from the United States that I had once met in the country’s capital. They didn’t call me about any particular business. They just wanted me to hear them. They told me about their difficulties and joys in their adventure through North America. They spent hours chatting, as if they didn’t want to end the conversation. They felt alone in those lands and were encouraged to know that someone could hear them.
Do you think the Lord hears your prayers? What assurance do you have that your words are being heeded by God himself? This morning I want to remind you that God is ready to hear your prayer. Feel free to tell him every incident in your life. Tell him about your problems and your joys, your defeats and your victories, your challenges and your frustrations. You’re not alone! I assure you that he is ready to listen to the stories of your life, including what may seem insignificant to others, such as your love dreams, your sports passions or misunderstandings with a friend. All that interests God!
This morning I want to invite you to open your heart to God as a friend. Perhaps at first it will cost you a bit of work, due to lack of confidence. But as you start to hang out with him, you will realize that he is actually more interesting than you had thought!
The most important thing is that you remember that he wants to listen to you, and he always responds!