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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 05:09:04 -0800 (PST)
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

How Does God Answer Everyone's Prayers?
 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

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