I’m an early riser. I usually wake by 5:00 am. Some of my friends are night owls. This difference in circadian rhythms often means I send an email or text about a prayer need early in the day. They send an email or text with their prayer need later in the evening. Early and late being relative.
While our messages may not be read at the time they are sent, one thing is certain. Whether we send our prayers to God early in the morning, or late at night, he receives them at any hour, no matter when they are sent.
God is not bound by time. He goes before us and comes behind us. He has already walked where we will tread in the future. God knows the present and future before they begin. He knows our thoughts before we speak them. He is aware of when we sit and when we stand. God understands what we need, and provides what is best.
Because God is not bound by time the way we are, when my friends send me a text in the middle of the night requesting prayer, or I send them one early in the morning, and we don’t see the text until later it’s okay.
God hears our prayers before we speak them, and is already working on the answer. Answers may not come immediately. They may not come in the way we hoped. But in God’s time and in his Sovereignty, they are heard and answered.
Revelation tells us the prayers of God’s holy people ascend as an offering before God’s throne where they are kept safe. We may pray for years for a specific person or a specific need. We may become discouraged when we don’t see our prayers answered.
We may never see how God works in our prayers, but we don’t need to. What we need to do is believe God sees, he hears, and in hearing, he acts. God is not dismissive of our prayer requests. He actively works to answer them.
Take heart, my friend. The God who is not bound by time as we are, sees you. He hears you. He acts on your behalf for the best outcome.
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Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:3-4 (NIV)
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