Back in 2001 a toy was made in the United States and marketed in Great Britain. The name of the toy is “Invisible Jim.” There actually is not an Invisible Jim. All you get is a box. On the box it says things like “realistic fake hair” and “as not seen on TV.” And I’m told it’s selling well in Great Britain, Invisible Jim, “camouflaged suit sold separately.”
Very clever marketing left you an attractive box but an empty box. I am so glad that when I was a young boy, GI Joe was visible.
When we experience life’s ragged edge, I wonder if sometimes we feel like we’re praying to an invisible God.
A. W. Tozer famously wrote: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
I have consistently received encouragement from Psalm 5. Here, I see David expressing his confidence in God by asking Him to hear his morning prayer:
Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
– Psalm 5:1-3, New International Version
By David asking God to hear his morning prayer, he expressed his confidence in drawing near to God and prayed for divine leadership, blessing and protection from his enemies.
In essence, David is saying, “I will pray and then look for the answer, for I expect it will come.”
Expectancy that God will act on our behalf should accompany us throughout the day.
Get up each morning armed with anticipation that the God of the universe is waiting to hear your voice. When you speak to Him, He will cup His hand over His ear and listen to the cry of your heart. Then you cup your hands over your ears and listen; cup your hands over your eyes and watch for what He might do.
Thomas Booth said, “You can do more than pray after you’ve prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”
What does God need to hear from you?