What if God had voice mail?
The author of this piece is unknown and probably has been making its way around the internet via e-mail for a long time. My copy came to me in an e-mail in March 2000, but it still gives people a smile nevertheless when they read or hear it. It’s also a great way to get people to really think about the quality of their prayer lives. If you would like to have someone pray for you at http://www.newcovenantchristianministries.org
We have all learned to live with Voice Mail; but have you ever wondered what would happen if God decided to install voice mail in heaven? Imagine hearing this when you pray:
“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
I’m sorry, all of our angels are busy right now helping other sinners. However, your prayer is important to us and will be answered in the order in which it was received, so please stay on the line. If you would like to talk…
to God, press 1
to Jesus, press 2
to the Holy Spirit, press 3
to hear King David sing a Psalm while you are holding…press 4
To find out if a loved one has been assigned to a place in heaven…press 5 (enter his or her social security number), then press the # key. If you get a negative response, try area code 666.
For reservations at My Father’s house, please enter J-O-H-N followed by 3-1-6…
For answers to those nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth and/or where Noah’s Ark is, please wait until you arrive here.
Our computers show that you have already prayed today, please hang up and try again tomorrow. This office will be closed for the weekend due to a religious holiday. Please pray again on Monday after 9:30 a.m…. If you need emergency assistance when this office is closed, contact your local Pastor…
Thank you, and have a blessed day!”
As Christians soon find out, prayer is a necessary function in the life of a believer. It is a time for the believer to praise and worship their God and His Son. This is a time that can be set aside for repentance, requests, prayers for loved ones to be saved and brought into the kingdom. This is also the time to indulge in sweet conversations with the Lord Jesus, our personal Savior. It can also be a time of Bible study between the Master Teacher and student.
There are many ways to approach our prayer times, and many different ways to engage with our God in a sweet fellowship. A believer can choose any time during the day or the night (whatever is a good time) to make a permanent date with our Creator. If you will be faithful and meet at the prescribed place and time, the Lord will be there…and you will have His ear. The Lord is faithful! It’s a guarantee backed up by His Holy Name.