Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

A little over a week ago I started receiving calls on my cell phone from out of state. I didn’t answer it but they left messages. It was some phone system that was letting me know that someone in the Lipscomb County jail wanted to talk with me.

After two days of putting up with the calls, I called Lipscomb County jail to see what might be going on. They didn’t have anyone from Gray County, so I was more at ease. I got one again on Monday morning but since I couldn’t block the call I went to my phone provider to see if they could help.

Of course they did. My phone was so old they couldn’t block the call, but they could send it straight to my voice mail. But before I walked out I decided to ask about a new phone. They helped me and showed me some pretty basic phones.

Needless to say before I left, I had a new phone. It looked really good and did everything I needed it to do. There is only one thing wrong with it – I have no idea how all the stuff works on it! If you push one wrong area of the screen you can send something you don’t want to send.

I have talked with several people about their phones and they feel the same way. There is so much technology associated with the phones now that they are not just phones but mini computers as well. They aren’t bad if your 6 years old, but if you are my age they create a struggle!

Sometimes just making a call causes me issues. I don’t remember the phone numbers the way I used to years ago. Whereas I used to dial 4-2552 to call the house growing up, now I have to look it up. With over 700 contacts on my phone there is no way I can remember all the numbers.

I am so thankful that God has never changed His contact information. It is the same now as it was in the beginning. While there may be millions of more people in the world, God has kept it simple so we can get in touch with Him anywhere and anytime. As we pray we can reach Him simply and directly.

In Matthew 6, Jesus shares about some things that we are not to do as we pray. We are not to pray so that we are seen by men (v.5) or to use meaningless repetitions (v.7). These things stand in the way of our reaching God when we pray. In v.8, He says to keep it simple because the Father knows what we need before we ask.

In Mt. 6:9-13 He said, “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’”

While God has never changed His contact information, He still wants us to pray. So, remember, when you pray – keep it simple. God knows your heart and what you need. Just share your heart with Him. He will hear you.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul