Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Lord I'm Coming Home"1 (Lyrics)
The other day, I turned on my computer as usual, and routinely tried to connect to the Internet to check my e-mail. The following message greeted me on the monitor:
- Server not found. Check the address for typing errors. If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network connection. If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that your server is permitted to access the Web.
In other words, I was unable to connect; I was unable to retrieve and check my e-mail.
Feelings of anxiety started to rise from the pit of my stomach to my brain. It felt like I was all alone and disconnected from the world. My first reaction was to call the telephone company and let them know of my problem. After listening to the various messages and the various numbers that I had to press on the telephone in order to get to the right department, I noticed that I was getting more and more frustrated. Finally, after waiting for approximately ten minutes, a representative came on the line. I explained what the problem was. In the end, they were able to tell me that the power cord for my modem had been damaged, likely by a power surge during a thunderstorm, and that they would be shipping a new one via courier free of charge.
This incident made me think of our prayer life. Isn't it wonderful to know that we are able to connect to God directly, instead of having to go through various channels to speak to someone about our problems!
Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (NASB)
Just like I have to wait and go without connecting to the Internet until the new power cord arrives, sometimes we have to wait for an answer to our prayers. It is during that waiting period that something tells us that perhaps we did not connect with God. We think that perhaps He did not hear us or has forsaken us. But we do know that God does listen and answer. His answer may not be what we would like it to be, but He will answer. God knows what is best for us and our situation, and He will answer accordingly.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NASB)
Prayer: Dear God in heaven, we thank You that we are able to connect with You directly. Thank You for hearing us and answering our prayers. Help us to accept Your will in our lives and to trust in You always, no matter what happens, knowing that in the end, it will work out for the best. Amen.