One of the incredibly amazing thing about God is that He can hear millions of prayers simultaneously all over the globe. Whether you live in South Africa or the United States. Whether you are on your knees at home or flying in a airplane. God hears. If a 100,000 people are praying at the same exact time, God has no difficulty whatsoever hearing just you as if you were the only one praying. How awesome is that! Even when you pray silently in bed. He knows every thought. Since God is outside of time, everything is perpetually now for God. He sees Adam walking in the cool of the day, Jesus hanging on the cross, Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of a church at Witteneberg, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, what we are doing right this moment, and if we are born again believers in Jesus Christ, He sees us already in heaven. There is no past, present or future for God. He sees your birth and death as if they happened simultaneously. How incredibly mind blowing!
When we pray and ask God for something, say today, December 1, 2018 at 5 AM, He isn’t hearing us for the first time, but He heard our prayer in eternally past. He has “billions” of years (so to speak) to answer our prayers. To get a better grasp on this, everything that God will ever do for us, He has already done it. He is never postponing answering us. He never lets time go by before responding. He never says: “I will wait until next year to answer.” We may be waiting months or years because we are under the constraints of time.
Sadly, too many Christians accuse God of not listening or caring. Or worse, they may think He no longer hears them because of bad things they have done in the past. That at some point God must have abandoned them. They become paralyzed with fear, worry and guilt. I went through several years where I didn’t see God answering my prayers. I felt that I had all these prayer requests stacking up that I just couldn’t pray anymore. I started asking God, “where are you?” Did He leave me? Had I committed some terrible act that He can’t forgive me for? Satan was really messing with my head. I talked to my Christian friends and searched the Scriptures. In Hebrews 13:5 God promised never to leave or forsake us. This fear of abandonment is one of satan’s biggest lies. His desire is to try to destroy our faith and get us to give up on God. If we stop praying, we lose that intimacy with God and in time we may end up moving away from Him.
The truth is, God has already given His answer long before we ever prayed. Therefore, it makes no sense when Christians beg, plead, argue or accuse God of shutting His ears. When we do these things, it shows ignorance and a lack of faith. When we know God has already answered in eternity past since He is outside of time, then we can fully trust Him and have peace that He has already heard and answered. Our prayers become more powerful when we understand that God knew before we were even born what we would pray for.
Approach His throne of grace boldly, with confidence and make your requests known to God. (Hebrews 4:16) He heard you.
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