One Thing Technology Has NOT Made Faster!

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14Aug  God has given great wisdom and ability into the hands of “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 150 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 up for weeks or months are now dispatched in days or even hours.

InstaPots have eliminated the time-consuming process of thawing food and cooking meals in the oven.  Now we program out meal with a button or two, and with just a few minutes of “work” 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 God in prayer!

Listen to what the Bible says about this.

In Psalm 120:1, the psalmist says, “In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me.”

In 2 Chronicles 6:35, Solomon says, “Then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.”

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!

The Bible says in Psalm 139:4, “For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold O LORD, You know it altogether.”

In Matthew 6:7-8 Jesus states, “And 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. Therefore, do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

There is 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 other than God.  And our inattention leaves us poor, blind, and needy.

But there is something better God has for each of us!  God has invited us into an intimate, personal relationship with Him, and He delights when we 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, your heavenly Father delights every time you come to Him in prayer.

The Bible assures us “Do not be anxious about anything, 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’s blog than with the words from the poem by William Hickson, entitled, “Now To Heaven Our Prayer Ascending”  . . .

Now to Heaven our prayer ascending,
In a noble cause contending,

May we live our lives before Thee,

Like the good and great in story,

If we fail, we fail in glory:
Patient, firm, and persevering,
No event or danger fearing,

Pains, nor toils, nor trials heeding,
Never from the truth receding,
And in Heaven’s own time succeeding,

Still our onward course pursuing,
Every foe at length subduing,

Truth!  Thy cause, whate’er delay it,
There’s no power on earth can stay it,
Proudly let us then obey it.

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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