The Eternal Ear of God

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, May 25, 2011

“Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne.  The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.”                      – Revelation 8:3-4

How many times have we sent prayers heavenward?  How many times have those prayers been accompanied by fervency, tears, and broken-hearted need only to linger there, somewhere far above us, in heaven’s dead-letter file?  Hard, isn’t it?  We want an answer, and God doesn’t seem to be answering.

The last time the Bible mentions prayer, we see an angel offering up ‘the prayers of all the saints’ with incense pleasing to God.  Those prayers are going up ‘before God.’  We get the very distinct impression that not only is God pleased with the prayers, but that He is intently considering each and every one.

A prayer goes by the Lord with the phrase ‘prodigal child’ clearly visible to Him.  Another is streaked with tears, and only the words ‘why did you…’ are seen.  He grasps one and unfolds it; a shriek, ‘holocaust,’ rings out.  ‘Avenge my faith in You’ is common to many.  Less often, some say ‘thank you Lord’ or ‘thank you Jesus.’  Surely, He sees each one.

We know that God’s timing is different than ours.  We also believe that He dwells in eternity, but can enter our space and time.  Some Greek theological words for these concepts are “chairos” (connected to the concept of eternity), and “chronos,” which we recognize as the ‘tic-toc’ of the clock, it is linear time.  We understand chromos; it measures the days of our lives.  Chairos is more mysterious. We think we’ll live that way one day, but it’s a little fuzzy to us now.  Consider, however, that scripture says we are born eternal and must make a choice about where we will spend that eternity.

Do you think that God is able to answer all prayers at their proper time?  Maybe He is looking at everything that’s been prayed, and some of those have to wait out events in linear time because this one and that one have some conflicts that have to be resolved.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to patiently wait your answer to my prayers, then grant me the grace to accept your answer. Amen.

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