Don's Weekly Columns

The ABC's

A young boy wanted to talk to God, but didn’t have a clue as to how to pray. So, he just knelt down, and began reciting his ABCs. A man happened to come by, and witnessed and heard this rather interesting situation. When the young man was finished the man asked: "What are you doing young fellow?" The boy responded, "I am praying." The man was a bit perplexed since all he had heard was the recitation of the alphabet, so, he asked, "If you are praying why are you saying the ABCs?" The youngster responded, "Well, I don’t really know how to pray, so I thought that if I just said my ABCs, God would take what He needed and spell out the words to match how I feel!"

Now, there is a simple trust for you! Sometimes we don’t know how to express ourselves. The pressures of life are so demanding, and frustrating, that we just can’t express in words the inner feelings of our deepest needs.

Isn’t wonderful (kinda scary too, maybe!), to know that God knows our deepest thoughts? God knows the very thoughts in our hearts (Psalms 139). In the eyes of God, nothing is hidden, and we are, as it were, "naked and open before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13).

What is even better is that we have a Savior that knows all about life. He knows the problems of living here. He has experienced the temptations, the frustrations, the anger. Have you ever thought about Jesus, as a carpenter, hitting his thumb with a hammer? Have you thought of Jesus working from early to late, and never "getting ahead"? Have you ever thought of Jesus living with a bunch of brothers that did not believe who he was, and openly ridiculed him?

You see, Jesus really was a human. He really was "flesh and blood" just like you and me. He knew what it was like to be hungry, tired, irritated, ignored, abused, and mistreated. He truly does know therefore, how to empathize and sympathize with our feelings (Hebrews 4:15).

If your concept of God is that He is out there, somewhere, uncaring and unknowing, you need to know the living presence of Jesus Christ. You need to understand that Jesus cares for you, and wants to make his home in your life and in your heart. Jesus promised that for those who will obey him, "My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." (John 14:23, NKJ). Hey, you could even say your ABCs, because he does understand, and he cares.

Come join us at the Ardmore church of Christ, as we learn more about the living Christ, who loves us so much.

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