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Left on read
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
April 6, 2024

For today’s high school and college students, the worst thing you can do is leave them “on read.” Let’s pause a moment for a quick lesson because I’m guessing a number of you have no idea what this means. When you text, Snapchat, or DM someone, you can see if they have opened and read your message. If they don’t answer quickly—or at all—you are left “on read.” This is especially devastating when it comes to young romantic relationships. Leaving someone on read tells them you aren’t actually interested in them. 

It may sound silly to you when it comes to electronic communication, but you do know the great hurt that comes from feeling like you weren’t being heard or answered—especially when it comes to God and your prayers. What if you’ve been praying and praying and he isn’t answering the way you want him to? Maybe you feel like he’s ignoring you. Perhaps you wonder if he is really invested in you. 

God promises that, instead of worrying, you can rest assured that this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

He listens. He hears. He acts.

P.S. To be fair, he doesn’t always answer your prayers the way you think he should—and that’s the hard part about being mature when it comes to faith. God does hear you, and he does respond, but sometimes what is for your best and for his glory isn’t the answer you were praying for.

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