God is al­ways there for us

David Jones on how God gave us the won­der­ful gift of prayer for those who turn to him

Llanelli Star - - News -

O2 mo­bile phone cus­tomers were won­der­ing what had gone wrong last week when their mo­biles just did not work.

Other providers were also af­fected due to some ma­jor soft­ware fail­ure.

All this hap­pened in the early hours of last Thurs­day when calls, texts and email ac­cess was com­pletely lost.

If it was, as we were told, a ‘sys­tems is­sue’ it was a ma­jor em­bar­rass­ment for O2 as a provider and a mas­sive in­con­ve­nience for us all as cus­tomers.

For­tu­nately, by the end of the day ser­vices were grad­u­ally be­ing re­stored when what­ever went wrong was even­tu­ally dealt with.

Net­works such as O2 have, of course, cre­ated a new era of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that we would never have thought pos­si­ble.

It’s mind-bog­gling how quickly com­mu­ni­ca­tion is in­creas­ing.

I won­der what next the phone in our pock­ets will be able to do?

Pho­tos and videos, can be sent to the fur­thest coro­ner of the Earth at the press of a but­ton and with new tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in­creas­ing speeds of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. I’m just in amaze­ment. Long be­fore Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell thought of the tele­phone, God gave us the won­der­ful gift of prayer.

How prayer ac­tu­ally works is as much a mys­tery to me as this lat­est com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy. Its worth, how­ever, has been proved so many times in the lives of those who be­lieve that God hears the prayers of those who turn to him.

Prayer, of course, is not con­fined to time and space, it does not de­pend on sys­tems or tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise.

It’s as sim­ple as a child com­ing to his or her Fa­ther and know­ing that he lis­tens and cares be­cause within the great­ness and glory of the God who fills the uni­verse is a Fa­ther’s heart of love reach­ing to all who call upon him.

There may be times when the an­swers we want never seem to come and our faith is tested.

It is then we need to be re­minded that God has eter­nity to work out his pur­poses and that all the prayers we of­fer for the good of our­selves and oth­ers are heard by him and an­swered ac­cord­ing to his will.

Je­sus said ‘Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’

The lines are open, they never go down, and the God who hears our prayers is al­ways there for us.

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