Wednesday October 10, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2B
"Still one more gift to get"

Zech. 8:2 KJV:

    Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

God is jealous as He wants you all to Himself.

The Spirit of Christmas has preoccupied you thoughts and you’ve check your list making sure no one was left out. Have you thought about the gift that God desires from you? He is your closest friend and you are very special to Him.  

Pause for a moment to consider the gift that GOD desires from you. He’s celebrating with you, and the one gift He’s waiting for is: “Your attention”. Your reason need not be important because you light up His day simply by reaching out to Him. You’re somebody and you should never underestimate your importance to Him. YES, GOD is very jealous and He desires and deserves your attention. His arms are open to you as you observe how you deliver this gift.

Consider this fact: Whenever you’re talking to your Heavenly Father, you have His attention and He has yours. Simply stated, prayer is a conversation between GOD and you; nothing more, nothing less.

Prayer Regulations:

You don’t have to pray out loud; GOD reads your mind.

You don’t have to pray in a special place; He hears you wherever you are.

You don’t have to find the appropriate prayer for the occasion; just talk to Him as He wants to know what’s on YOUR mind.

You don’t even have to close your eyes; your sincerity is all that’s required.

You do have to mean what you say; honesty with GOD is a requirement in getting His attention.

Here’s the point: How would you feel if your child had a more qualified person write you a letter requesting that you buy your child a laptop computer. Your child then presents this letter to you along with a book explaining how a laptop will improve your child’s learning skills.

This story illustrates that there may be a better way for a child to communicate their needs. As a CHILD of GOD, do you think that your Heavenly Father may feel the same way?  Being personal and direct opens a Communication channel that truly allows you to share your feelings with Him.  

Your Heavenly Father is easy to talk to and there’s nothing more pleasing to Him than for you to share your inner thoughts with Him. The more you converse, the better He’ll know and understand you and this better understanding leads to good things.

Adding this gift to your list will strengthen you as it replaces the bumpy spots in the road you’re traveling.


Keep in touch with Him as you recognize:

Christ is Christmas

Christ is happiness

Christ delivers


Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at or viewed online at