When was the last time you sensed the silence of heaven? You have lifted your prayers to the throne room of Grace, but you feel like no one is listening. Well, I have a word of incredible encouragement for you today from the conversion experience of Saul (Paul).
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
There is great comfort in the words “He is praying,” wouldn’t you agree? God noticed Saul’s prayer immediately. And He notices your prayers immediately too!
There is no delay in your access to the Almighty. In fact, even before you utter a single word, God knows exactly what you are going to ask for and what you actually need (Psalm 139:4). The reason we sometimes feel that our prayers are bouncing off the ceiling is because of the delay in the answer. There are those times when God answers our prayer with an immediate “YES.” However, there are also those occasions when His answer to us is “NO” . . . or “WAIT.” God alone knows what is best for His children, and He knows exactly when to deliver it.
So . . . what have you been praying for lately? When the response is not immediate, just remember that your God is working out His perfect plan in your imperfect life—in His timing, not yours.
Charles Spurgeon put it this way in his devotional, Morning and Evening:
Prayer is never out of season: in summer and in winter its merchandize is precious. Prayer gains audience with heaven in the dead of night, in the midst of business, in the heat of noonday, in the shades of evening. In every condition, whether of poverty, or sickness, or obscurity, or slander, or doubt, your covenant God will welcome your prayer and answer it from His holy place. Nor is prayer ever futile. True prayer is evermore true power. You may not always get what you ask, but you shall always have your real wants supplied. When God does not answer His children according to the letter, He does so according to the spirit.
Prayer is never futile, as Mr. Spurgeon said. You have Almighty access to your Father in heaven 24/7 – 365 days a year – and 366 days on leap year! Like any good father, God desires to hear from you. There is never a bad time to commune with the Father.
Go to Him now! Tell Him what is burdening your heart today . . . and use words if necessary. Remember, He collects your tears in His bottle (Psalm 56:8) and loves you infinitely beyond what words can ever express.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!