This is undoubtedly the age of instant communication. In my lifetime, society has gone from the telephone as a domestic novelty to today’s smartphones that seem to govern every moment for many people. World events can be transmitted verbally and graphically as they happen.
As Solomon observed, “There is no new thing under the sun” [Ecclesiastes 1:9]. Instant communication with a faraway place is nothing new. When they first came into general use, some preacher likened prayer to a telephone to heaven. Prayer to God predates by millennia today’s’ electronic gadgets and is vastly superior to them, for it does not need a vast system of cell towers and satellites to make it work.
In the days of Seth, the son of Adam, men began “to call upon the name of the Lord” [Genesis 4:26]. God made the world, and He made us, but He did not leave us to muddle our way through life on our own. He established a means of communication with Him. We are mere infinitesimal creatures, but we are hard-wired to communicate with our Maker and Redeemer. But there are restrictions. We are warned, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” [Psalm 66:18]. The sin problem must be cured to allow communication to pass freely between earth and heaven. The death of Christ on the cross, attended by the rending of the veil of the temple, opened up the way of access to God for the child of God.
Prayer is a priceless privilege and the source of our spiritual power. The devil knows this and will do all in his power to hinder us. With God, there are no busy signals or “select an option” messages. God hears; he answers. Start your day by calling on Him. You will be blessed.