Guest Author: Abigail Lassiter
Text. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Emails. TV. Movies. Commercials. Posters. Advertisements. Billboards. They all want our attention NOW. Our thoughts quickly go from one thing to the next as dings, beeps and our ringtones demand we notice them immediately. 3 second scan. 3 second scroll. 3 second reply. 3 second glance. That’s all we have time for before the next noise cries out for our attention. But what about God? How does He get our attention? Are we even listening? Does our Bible ring incessantly until we “answer” it? Does the Holy Spirit’s call get ”picked up” or is it lost among the noise of our favorite TV show? Is 3 seconds all the time and attention we have for God?
Have you ever read an article or listened to a sermon and thought, “Wow. That’s so convicting. I really do need to address that area in my life…” I have. Have you ever felt that tug of pain as the Holy Spirit shows you something you haven’t submitted to God, or a sin that needs to be confessed, and then never thought of it again? I have. It was such a convicting point! For a whole 3 seconds.
Has your phone ever gone off with your verse of the day friend (most of us have one) and you realized, “That’s perfect for what I have going on today!” But you never looked at it again or looked up the entire passage to read? I have. Have you seen a post from a friend that lifted your spirits and you felt compelled to click “like” maybe even “comment” but you didn’t pause and thank the Lord for working in that friend’s life and praise Him for being a God who cares about each of us and the details of our lives? I have. It was encouraging! For a whole 3 seconds.
Do you ever tell people you’ll pray for them? And then go on your busy way and never think of the matter you said would pray for? I have. When people ask you about decisions you’re making in life, school, job, relationships, and you say, “I’m praying about it.” Are you? Are you really? Or did you just send up a flare prayer, “God help,” as you walked into that interview, classroom situation? You prayed! For a whole 3 seconds.
Do you want to hear what God is saying to you? Slow down. Next time you feel the Spirit convicting you, listen. Evaluate yourself in the light of God’s Holy Word. Take it to the Lord in prayer.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. | 1 John 1:9
When something brings joy to your heart and refreshes your spirit, listen. Thank Him. Praise Him! For He is good!
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. | Psalms 92:1-2
If you say you’ll pray, slow down and do it. Create a reminder on your phone or put a sticky note on your mirror. Or! Instead of saying, “I will pray for you tonight,” just stop and pray with that person right then and there.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. | Ephesians 6:18
Perhaps you don’t think God is answering. But are you listening? Do you have more than 3 seconds for God?