One Thing Technology Has NOT Made Faster!

God’s has infused His wisdom into the hands of all those “techies,” which has made the world around us move at light speeds.

A trip by car across the United States took weeks before the interstate highway system; now it can be done in less than four days.  By airplane it can be done in a matter of hours!  Advances in computer technology and telecommunications have made newspapers all but obsolete.  Some of you will remember a time when you actually had to get up and walk across the room to flip through the handful of television channels available . . . if the stations hadn’t signed off at the end of the day.  Today we grumble if we have less than 100 24-hour cable channels. The Post Office is rapidly becoming history, due to the advent of email and overnight delivery services.

How about the technological advancements in medicine?  From fast-working medicines to out-patient surgeries, injuries and illnesses which laid our parents low for weeks or months are now dispatched in days or even hours.  In 1976 I had knee surgery for a torn meniscus; I hobbled on crutches for weeks.  I had the same surgery on the other knee in 1995; by that time arthroscopic surgery had been developed, and I was walking unassisted in a few days.

Microwave ovens have eliminated the time-consuming process of thawing food and cooking it in the oven.  Now we push a button or two, and in minutes we are sitting down to a piping hot meal.  “Fast food” has become even faster, because we simply refuse to wait for anything, especially when we’re hungry.

But there is one thing technology has not made faster, and that is the speed in which you can reach your God in prayer!

In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.  (Psalm 120:1)

Hear Thou from the heavens their prayer. (2 Chronicles 6:35)

As comforting as it is to know that our Lord hears our prayers instantly, it is even more comforting to know He knows our prayers even before we speak them.  Now that is super fast!

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.  (Psalm 139:4)

When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  (Matthew 6:7-8)

There is no way and no need for technology to make improvements in our prayer life.  God knows what we need even before we ask Him!  In fact, the challenge for believers is that all this technology often makes our prayer life slower.  Our prayers are reaching God as fast as ever, but with all the distractions we now have at our fingertips, many of us neglect our time alone with God.  With all the voices and gadgets and games calling out for our attention, we can easily find ourselves immersed in things much smaller than God.  And our inattention leaves us poor, blind, and naked.

But this is not for you!  God has invited you into an intimate, personal relationship with Him, and He delights when you call on His mighty name.  Call on Him in seasons of want and in seasons of plenty.  Call on Him in seasons of sickness and in seasons of health.  Like an earthly father who delights when his children come to him in all seasons, your heavenly Father delights every time you come to Him in prayer.

“Do not be anxious about anything,” Scripture assures us, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

I can’t think of a better way to close out today than with the words from the hymn by William Hickson, written in 1836: Now To Heaven Our Prayer Ascending . . .

Now to Heaven our prayer ascending,
God speed the right!
In a noble cause contending,
God speed the right!
May we live our lives before Thee,
Like the good and great in story,
If we fail, we fail in glory:
God speed the right!

Patient, firm, and persevering,
God speed the right!
No event or danger fearing,
God speed the right!
Pains, nor toils, nor trials heeding,
Never from the truth receding,
And in Heaven’s own time succeeding,
God speed the right!

Still our onward course pursuing,
God speed the right!
Every foe at length subduing,
God speed the right!
Truth! thy cause, whate’er delay it,
There’s no power on earth can stay it,
Proudly let us then obey it,
God speed the right!

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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