by Richard Mansel, managing editor
We often face daunting questions that appear to have no answer until someone offers an illuminating explanation. C.S. Lewis does that with prayer and God in his masterpiece, “Mere Christianity.”
How does God answer everyone’s prayers at the same time? If a million prayers come to God simultaneously, how does he listen to all of them?
The difficult nature of this question may lead someone to think that their prayers will be lost in the flood and that they do not matter. Therefore, they are reluctant to pray.
Lewis’ explanation is deeply profound as he provides an answer to this challenging question. It brings great comfort and peace, as a result.
God does not exist in time. He predated time and he will exist long after it has ended. He is a Spirit (John 4:24) and is not on earth, as we are, limited by time and space. He can move and go anywhere he wishes and be everywhere at once. Accordingly, since he exists outside of time, what happens in time does not alter his actions or abilities.
When we pray, our petitions come before God. His time is not finite, as ours is on earth. Hence, he can handle these prayers outside of time and they do not affect actions on earth.
One million prayers can come before God from time-laden earth and loosed from these time barriers, God can listen to every one of them, in his leisure. When he answers them and his providence works on earth, his answer has not altered the time on earth.
All of the prayers of his children are of paramount importance to God (James 5:16; Ephesians 2:19). He lovingly answers each of them using his superior knowledge and power. God’s ways and thoughts supersede ours, so we must have faith that he is good (Hebrews 11:6).
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16) because God has plenty of time to hear and work for our good and his. Never doubt him or think that anything we bring before him is worthless. Bring all petitions before God because he cares about all of them.
God is great, loving and kind and wants to be involved in all aspects of our lives. Involve him today!