Prayer is an amazing thing, whereby we tiny creatures can speak to the almighty Creator of the Universe. And we can expect an answer, not verbally, but practically. Indeed, He invites us to speak with Him [Luke 18:1].
I suppose Adam and Eve would be the first to communicate directly with God. We are also told that in the days of Enos “began men to call upon the name of the Lord” [Genesis 4:26], and since then the Lord has received, and answered, billions of prayer requests. The current world population is just under 8 billion people. It would be impossible to say how many of them are genuine Christians, but it would be safe to say that God receives millions of prayer requests each day.
Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our own importance that we forget the bigger picture of God’s involvement with His people. When we read what D.L. Moody said, “Most men’s prayers should be cut off at both ends and set on fire in the middle” we are brought face to face with the poverty of our own prayers [‘A Word In Season’ p233].
But then we can take comfort in the statement, “But the prayer of the upright is His delight” [Proverbs 15:8]. Once more we marvel at the love, mercy and compassion of the Lord. He deals with us as He did with Adam and Eve, just as if there was no one else to answer.
Let us always keep in mind the relationship we have with the Lord. We are finite creatures of the dust, but He is the infinite God of heaven. Remember the words of Solomon. “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” [Ecclesiastes 5:2].