The school secretary punched the speaker phone to answer as she put a second call on

hold, and noticed the small child entering the office. She had to deal with it all. A

parent’s voice came over the speaker.

“Mrs. Ford here. I need to talk to Jason’s teacher. It’s really important.”

“The teacher is busy with her class at this moment. Could I have her call you back? She has a break in about 35 minutes.”

“No, this can’t wait.”

I rarely interrupt our teachers.”

“This is something like an emergency. I have to talk with Jason’s teacher.”

“Can you tell me the nature of the emergency?”

“No, I really must deal with Jason’s teacher herself.”

“Okay, I’ll transfer you to the classroom phone.”

Startled to hear the phone ringing when it wasn’t recess or lunch, the teacher stopped her

lesson. The call had to be important to be transferred during class time.

“Mrs. Ford here. This is an emergency!” she began. “Jason lost one of his gloves on the playground. Could you find it for him?”

To Mrs. Ford, her need for Jason’s glove outweighed children’s learning.

God is the creator and savior of the world, our protector and provider. When we put our urgent prayer requests before Him, how do we sound?

Consider the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11, which begins, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name [calling his name sacred and holy]. A third of the prayer adores God. The rest is about asking for forgiveness and needs, but honoring God receives first place.

Mary, sister of Lazarus, honored Jesus when he came to visit once by bathing his feet with about a quart of expensive oil worth about a year’s wages. Jesus affirmed it was the right thing to do.

John the Baptist honored our Lord when he told the religious leaders, Pharisees and Sadducees, that he would baptize with water for repentance, “…after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” [Matt. 3:11].

How do we honor God when we pray? Let your honor and respect for God begin with Him. Our lost gloves can wait.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing 2011. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips; check her entire website options and weekly blog on]