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Discovery Magazine 8/1/2013

Talking to God

by  AP Staff

What if you wanted to talk to the president of the United States of America? He is a very busy person. He makes big decisions,sits in important meetings, visits foreign countries, and signs important bills into law, just to name a few of his activities. Because he is so important and so busy, it would be very difficult for you to talk with him. You probably could not call him on the phone and talk to him, and meeting him for lunch would most likely be completely out of the question. You might be able to write him a letter, but chances are that it would take a long time to get an answer back, and then it might not even come from the President himself.

Now let’s think about God. God is much more important than the President of the United States. By God’s power the world is held together (Hebrews 1:3). God makes the Sun shine, the stars twinkle, and all the planets stay in their orbits. He feeds the birds, gives life to millions of babies everyday, and controls the weather. He is the busiest Being in the world. So how difficult do you think it would be to talk to God? The truth is, it is not difficult at all. God has designed a way that we can talk to Him any time of any day or night—through prayer. Prayer is talking to God. We can worship God by praying to Him.

Because God created people, and gave each person a soul, God loves His creation and wants humans to talk to Him. In fact, the Bible says that God’s children can cast all their cares upon God, because He cares for them (1 Peter 5:7). That means that there is nothing too unimportant for you to tell God. If your pet dies, you can talk to God about how you feel. If your friends make fun of you at school, God is glad to listen. When you are happy about winning a game or contest, God likes to hear from you. God will always listen to you, even when you talk about things that might seem unimportant to some people.

In the Bible, we read that Jesus prayed often (Luke 6:12). Jesus even gave His disciples a model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). We also read about large groups of disciples worshiping God by praying together. You can read about one of those groups praying in Acts 4:23-31. Prayer is a wonderful way to worship God. And remember, God is never too busy to listen when we pray.

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