“A God unbound by our rules of time has the ability to invest in every person on earth. God has, quite literally, all the time in the world for each one of us.” – Philip Yancey
Sometimes we pray and have to wait patiently for the answer. There are other times, though, when it seems like God is talking right back to my prayers. Immediate answers. Answers that satisfy. Here’s an example from a few days ago:
God: Ask for whatever you want.
Me: I want your presence with me.
God: I am with you always. I will never leave you or forsake you.
Me: I want to learn from your Word.
Holy Spirit: I’m here. I’m your teacher.
Me: I want to be useful in your Kingdom.
God: OK, but that’s not the most important thing to me. The most important thing is that you know me and receive my love.
Me: Take care of my family.
God: I’ve got them.
Me: Give us safe travel today.
God: Sending the angels.
With that, I was all out of immediate requests. All answered. Don’t we serve an amazing God? He invites us to ask and, then, he cares enough to answer.
Don’t think that I am trivializing prayer or God. I think, though, that if we don’t see prayer as a conversation, we are missing something. God not only listens, he responds. He loves our questions and our requests. He loves that we are paying attention to him and that we acknowledge his presence with us. He wants to draw us close. Prayer is the way that relationship happens. It is very important work to pray.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18