The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.Psalm 145:18 NLT The end of the school year neared, and we were about to celebrate our annual yearbook signing. The entire middle and high school gathered in the gym for the festivities. Separated by grade, they sat on the floor in their respective circles, awaiting the announcement of their grade level. When each grade was named, a rousing roar ascended. Then, one by one, they strolled to a table to receive their long-awaited prize. For the next hour, students milled over the gym floor, seeking signatures from friends and faculty. The hum of hundreds of voices played tricks on my ears. Rarely could I distinguish even a single voice.
God claims he hears all who pray to him. At any given moment, that may be thousands…even millions of people. To explain God’s ability to hear everyone in the same time frame requires an understanding of time from God’s perspective. Human time is Chronos…sequential. It ticks away as one moment follows another. I can hear someone at a particular moment but need another moment for the next person. If two people speak to me at the same time, only bits and pieces of what they say will sneak through.
God’s time is Kairos—a time-lapse…an indeterminate amount of time in which all things happen. While I operate only in Chronos time, God maneuvers in both. He enters time with me, but he also penetrates his time. When he does, he hears all who are praying to him in any given instant.
Since Chronos time is all I know, I don’t pretend to understand God’s time. No one can. But by faith, I believe he hears me when I pray, even if millions more are praying simultaneously. In fact, I know he does because my prayers are answered.
Answered prayer gives evidence that God hears his people when they pray…every one of them.
Martin Wiles is an author, teacher, and freelance editor currently residing in Greenwood, South Carolina. He and his wife Michelle are founders and editors of Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles has authored Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning,Morning Serenity, Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), Authentic Christianity (Smashwords) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), and Rise (Chaplain Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and also written for LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper,Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, and Power for Living. He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, and PCC Daily Devotions, and is a regular contributor for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.