, Corbin, KY

April 7, 2014

Listen to God by placing Him on speaker phone

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Brad Hall / Nightime Editor

“You know my heart,

You know my need,

You know every part of me.

So even if it’s just to speak Your name,

I’m gonna pray.”

—Sanctus Real

This past week, I got on Facebook and took a poll of my friends.

I asked them to name a type of place you might call where you would get put on hold for a long time.

There were a variety of answers from about 40 of my friends who commented. But it seemed like the two most popular responses to my question were phone companies and insurance companies.

I’m sure this is something we have all dealt with at one point in our lives.

You call a busy place such as a phone company and a machine tells you that you are 20th in line to reach a representative.

Since I’ve been an adult, I’ve lived at seven different addresses. So I’ve gained plenty of experience calling these types of places to get things set up such as my phone line, utilities, garbage, etc.

You sit and wait and wait and wait, wondering if it will ever be your turn.

Then after about an hour, you’re finally off of the phone but your ear turns red from pushing the phone against it, your elbow is sore for having it bent for so long, and you’ve lost a good chunk of your morning or afternoon.

You end up having spent 90 percent of the time listening to that cheesy elevator music while you only spend about 10 percent of the time actually talking to someone.

However, I have learned a helpful trick to use when I know I’m going to be placed on hold for a while.

I simply put the phone on speaker while I am waiting.

This way, I can work on something else around the house while also listening just in case someone on the other line picks up.

I can be doing something productive, or at least something more entertaining than listening to that cheesy music.

And for some reason, this always seems to make the waiting time go by faster than when you have to just sit there anxiously awaiting to hear a real person’s voice.

Nonetheless, putting the phone on speaker is definitely the way to go in these cases.

This should also be the same thing with God.

We can keep God on speaker phone as we pray to Him throughout the day.

This will allow us to always be ready to listen when He has something to tell us.

Practice having an ongoing conversation with God.

Pray when you wake up, and keep the line open all day.

Ephesians 6:17-18 says, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Placing the phone on speaker while on hold helps us hear someone on the other line when they’re ready to speak.

Likewise, praying to God throughout the day allows us to hear Him when He has something to tell us.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at