Tonight I’d just like to share a quick thought I’ve had from time to time about prayer.
As many people can likely relate to, I sometimes promise to pray for someone, or even simply intend on my own to pray for someone, and then, in the busyness of life, I forget for awhile. Often it’s for a specific situation or event, and I find myself finally remembering to pray once the event has already occurred! In short, I’m sorry to admit, I forget to pray until it’s too late. But is it?
One time when this happened, as soon as a realized my error, I immediately modified my prayer to focus on the aftermath of the event instead, feeling the familiar guilt build up inside. But then a thought struck me – God is OUTSIDE OF TIME. Does that mean that even our belated prayers can make a difference? That He hears and considers our prayers during an event, even if they occur at the “wrong time?” The idea both fascinated and comforted me. If it were true, then I could confidently pour my heart into prayer, even if my forgetful brain didn’t quite time it right!
Now, I don’t know if this IS true, and I certainly understand that God has bound US by time for a reason, and that there are certain situations where “what’s done is done” applies. But it’s food for thought, and a delightful question to mull over until such a time as God makes the answer clear to us. Until then, I intend to pray boldly and sincerely – no matter how belated I may be. No matter what, when we pray we are drawing near to God, and there is never a wrong time for that!