BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

© John Denney 5 July 2006

All you gotta do is call …


I’m a Baptist Christian, and my wife edits our church magazine.  She sent me on a trip to gather stories from world church leaders, so I flew to Italy and started with the Pope.  I noticed a golden telephone on his desk and asked about it.  The Pope told me it was his hot-line to God, and I could make a call myself, but it would cost me 10,000 euros a minute.  I didn’t have quite enough on me, so I declined.


Then to Lambeth to see the Archbishop of Canterbury, and saw a similar phone on his desk, and asked about it.  Same again – a hot-line to God.  “Make a call”, he said, “but it’ll cost you 50p a minute”.  “Why so cheap?” I asked.  “Oh, it’s only a local call from here.”


And then I visited the Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and noticed a golden telephone on his desk.  I asked him what it was, and he said, “It’s the phone the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury call me on!”


The serious thing is, though, that we all have a hotline to God.  We call it prayer.  Do you remember as a little child, sitting on your Daddy’s knee, and talking with him and loving him and knowing he loved you?  That’s just what prayer is like.  You spend time in God’s company, and your love for him develops and grows, and He takes delight in your companionship, and listens to your needs.


No need for a golden telephone, though; He can hear even your innermost thoughts.  Give Him a call.