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Spiritual Practice

God Letters

Rebecca Wu, 18

Peeking into the little green bag in the box under my bed, I found slips of paper with prayers written in Chinese. I wrote these prayers as a fifth grader, when our family moved to the U. S. Some of the prayers were simple: “I hope everyone can be happy each day.” Others were more profound, such as prayers that my English would improve and that I could know Jesus better. Even though I haven’t thought much about these prayers since I wrote them, I believe God heard each one.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Luke 11:9 (NIV)

For me, praying is like writing letters. I don’t always hear back immediately from God. Sometimes I wonder if my snail mail has reached God at all. But when I do hear from God, the response is so personal that I feel as if I have just received a handwritten letter from a close friend. From a simple request for strength to get through the day to a difficult prayer for a sick friend’s healing, God listens to them all. And God writes back to us through Bible verses, the people around us, and miracles. Even when it seems as if the response has gotten lost, God’s mail always arrives on time.

 

DOES GOD HAVE TIME TO WRITE TO EACH OF US?

Yes! Think about this:

“An infinite God can give all of himself to each of his children. He does not distribute himself that each may have a part, but to each one he gives all of himself as fully as if there were no others.”  —A. W. Tozer

Try writing your prayers as letters to God, and be on the lookout for God’s response.

—from devozine (September/October 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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