I was riding down Main Street here in my little town of Andrews the other day. I had the kids sitting in the back of the teeny van and was feeling pretty Clark Griswold-ish, when we drove past Party Time. Now, if you don’t know about Party Time, then you have probably never been through Andrews. It is like Cold Stone, Little Caesars, and Blockbuster had a baby, then gave him steroids. It is THE destination for ice cream, pizza and movies in Andrews. But really it is all about the ice cream. I have four words for you… Extreme Moose Tracks Avalanche, baby. Oops, I think that was five words.
So as we drove by I yelled out “Who wants to go to Party Time?!”
In unison, my three kids yelled “ME!”
Duh. Did I really need to ask that question? I already knew the answer. But I just wanted to enjoy sharing the moment with them. I love to hear their hearts ‘desires. Is that not why we pray? I mean, God really already knows what we are going to ask, even before we ask. Jesus said so. But it is more about pouring out our hearts to our father. It is about intimacy. He already knows, but he wants to HEAR from you.
Go ahead. Talk to God. He wants to hear what he already knows. He loves us!
A lot of you followed us on Twitter while we were on our recent trip to India. We really appreciate the prayer support. Little and I got to take Kilby over there and we met some amazing people who are living out the Gospel to hopeless people in the slums of India. We were awakened each morning by the citywide Muslim call to prayer, which was followed by the ringing of bells on the Hindu temples. They do this in order to wake the Hindu gods. Hmm. Demons sleep.
It was a constant reminder of the reality that there is still much work to do. There are more than 23 million people in the city of Mumbai, and more than 99 percent of them don’t know Jesus. They need to. They have to. We can’t afford to not get it to them. Our lives will be short, so let’s not waste time.
I left India blown away that our God, Jesus, never sleeps. He is the God of Mumbai and every other nation in the world. Many of them just don’t know it. We need to tell them.