Do Your Prayers Reach Into Eternity?
40 Days of Increase | Day 24
—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Have you ever watched a movie about time travel? Someone has to go back in time and change history, or, they try to go back to save someone from dying. Strange things happen when people mess with time. Like, if you go back in time and witness your own birth, suddenly there would be two of you. And, what if you go back to meet yourself in the past, and then decide you both want to travel to the future. What would happen to the present that you both just left?
That’s confusing, but this is clear. Your prayers travel to eternity. Our God freely travels between time and eternity. When you communicate with God in Jesus’ name, you are reaching outside of time. Your prayers reach eternity because they reach God.
Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Declaring the end from the beginning.
When someone understands a subject well, it is said they know it forward and backward. Well, God knows everything forward and backward. Or, reverse that. The prophet Isaiah said God declares the end from the beginning. God knows everything backward and forward. He knows you and I the same way. He sees our death and he sees our birth. He holds our entire life in HIs hands.
Psalms 139:15-17 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Now, before we close, here is one more precious thought from God’s Word. It has to do with our prayers reaching into eternity. Listen as Jonah travels to eternity and back while in the belly of the fish. It is his prayer that reaches all the way to the eternal God. Listen…
Jonah 2:5-7 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.  I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.  When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
Jonah was a type of Christ. Jesus’ words from the cross traveled to the eternal Father. In fact, the power of HIs precious blood traveled far into the future to save me, and to save you, and to save anyone, today, who calls upon the name of the Lord. The power of our God is truly mind-boggling. JESUS SAVES!
Your practical task
Today is the Lord’s day, Sunday. It is also time-change Sunday. Don’t be late for church! You did move your clock ahead one hour, right?
Pray, and consider the awesome power in your communication with God. Your prayer is encoded and amplified via the Holy Spirit, channeled through eternity to Jesus Christ as our Mediator, then it is passed on to the Heavenly Father who knows the end from the beginning.
Write out your memory verse, and go to church. Bring your notebook to church and take notes. Think about the eternal nature of prayer and praise and how it all reaches our God who inhabits eternity!
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Have an awesome and inspired Lord’s day.
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