by Heather Tietz
It shall happen that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Communication has come a long way, literally. In early history, news traveled on foot or by animal. It could take days, weeks, months for news of new leadership, war breaking out, peace treaties being signed, sickness spreading, and requests for help to be successfully delivered.
The CSS Shenandoah, for example, was a Confederate ship that sailed during the Civil War. Though the war ended in May of 1865 the Shenandoah continued to ravage Union ships for six months in vain, simply because the news of peace took half a year to get out to sea.
Thank goodness our messages to God don’t have to travel the length of outer space! They don’t even have to wait on hold for a sacrifice to be made. The lines of reception to Heaven are always open.
When Jesus came, when He died, God ripped the veil in the temple, He opened the communication room for all to enter, anytime. God put Himself on Instant Messenger, so to speak. As long as we haven’t broken the phone lines with our own refusal to give up sin (Psalm 66 and Isaiah 5), God will hear our prayers. Talk to Him.