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MAN LAND: God Hears Your Call

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Meet Payton Stone! Payton is a senior at Berry College and is a counselor at Cleveland Boys Camp in the Blaze Squad.

When I was in elementary school, one of favorite games to play was telephone! In this game, everyone stands in a line. The first person in line thinks of a word to say, and they pass it along to the next person by whispering it into their ear. Now you have to be careful because you only get to whisper the word once! If you don’t whisper clearly, then the person you are whispering to may not hear the right word! When the last person hears the word, then they share with the group what they think it is. I love this game so much because most of the time the word the last person says is nowhere close to the one the first person started with!
Playing the game of telephone reminds me of how hard it can be to communicate with others sometimes! Just like the game, talking with others can be just plain confusing. I might be saying one thing, but someone hears something completely different.
But talking to God is completely different! When we talk to God, what we say never gets mixed up or confused! One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 139:4 which says, “There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord, that you don’t already know completely.” I love this verse because it tells us that even before we go to talk to God, He already knows what we are going to say! What?!?!?! Even before I open my mouth to talk BAM! God already knows what I am going to say because he knows me so well, far better than anyone else! Another verse that I love is Romans 8:26, which reads “In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.” This reminds us that when we do not know what to say that the Holy Spirit, which God gives us as a gift when we choose to follow Him, helps translate our feelings to God! In this way there are no “translation errors” like the telephone game! Lastly, God even gives us words to say when we don’t know what to pray! Jesus’ closest friends and disciples, who were with Jesus all the time, were still unsure how to pray to God, so Jesus gave them a prayer to say that is called the Lord’s prayer:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.”

Now this prayer may be a little difficult to understand, but when we pray “give us today our daily bread” and “forgive us our debts,” it reminds us to be thankful for all that God has given us and to seek forgiveness for the ways we may have sinned against God or others. When we pray “your kingdom come, your will be done” we are asking that God’s love would be known by others. As young men of God who are seeking to love Him with our all, we must make talking to God through prayer a priority! It needs to be something that we put first in our lives, and there are plenty of good ways to do this. You could pray with your family before a meal or say prayers when you wake up and right before your go to sleep! My prayer is that these verses I have shared remind us that talking to God is nothing to worry about because God knows us and He wants us to talk to Him!
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