Watch Your Words

AUTHOR:  Becky Guth

It might have been in catechism classes, when I was a young teen, that I was taught that the word, “Amen”, isn’t just a word to let God know that we’re done praying now.  In fact, Martin Luther said that it really means:  “Yes, yes, it shall be so.”  When we use the word “Amen” at the end of our prayers, we are letting God know that we truly believe that He will hear and answer all of our prayers just as He has promised!  That’s such a great way to end a prayer.
It occurred to me, though, that prayer goes beyond the words that we say in between “Dear God” and “Amen” and we need to remember that.  Like it or not, God hears every word you say and every thought you think.  God even hears, sees and understands the nasty words you say, the rants you make, and every post you share on Facebook.  I love the quote by Marie Freeman that says, “When you talk, choose the very same words that you would use if Jesus were looking over your shoulder.  Because He is!”   God doesn’t only tune in to listen when you say “Dear God” and he certainly doesn’t stop listening after you say “Amen.”

The thought that Jesus is looking over my shoulder every day makes me think of the encounter that two of Jesus’ disciples had on their way to Emmaus after the resurrection of Jesus.  (Luke 24:13-35)  They were walking along and Jesus suddenly came and was going along with them but “God kept them from recognizing him”.  Imagine if the two disciples were into some crass and tasteless discussion at the time.   A frightening thought, huh?  That’s a good reminder for all of us that it isn’t just our prayers that matter to God but every thought and every discussion, too.
The risen Christ is with us always even when we don’t notice His presence.

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