Prayers of Millions
I used to "throw my prayers up toward heaven" hoping that somehow, in due time they would wiggle their way to my desired destination. It might take time to get there because they would have to wiggle through billions of other prayers being sent at the same time. Impossible and ridiculous are only two words that would come to mind after such immature thoughts. Well, that isn’t a problem any more. It isn’t a problem because I realised that God isn’t listening to billions of prayers, or even thousands of prayers at the same time. When I’m praying, there is only one prayer commanding God’s attention, mine. When you are praying, there is only one prayer being offered to God at that particular time, yours. The only prayer that God is listening to at any given time is that of your child’s, or the person about to be martyred, or the mother grieving the loss of her child, or the father asking that his child return to the Lord. God only hears one prayer at a time even as millions of people are praying to Him. You see, God is a deeply personal God. Because He operates outside of time, He can love you on an individual basis. As adoring parents study every line and curve of their newborn child, God loves you so intensely that the very hairs on your head are numbered. Like the parent of an only child, God is watching you and only you as you play, work, worship and yes, even as you pray. He loves you with an enduring and everlasting love, and when you pray to Him you have His undivided attention. So enjoy His love. Relax. Don’t rush. He’s got all the time in the world, so you aren't interrupting anything. He wants to hear what you have to say throughout the day. He wants to hear what you’ve just learned. He wants to watch as you grow. And guess what? When you come to Him with your praise and concerns, He's smiling 'cause He loves you.