Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. Romans 12:12, KJV
During the past year, the U.S. Postal Service has grappled with serious delays, partially because of COVID. One Connecticut landscaper nearly went bankrupt because his post office box was empty for 45 days. When he complained, postal authorities found some of the missing mail—nearly a hundred pieces, many of them containing checks from customers. At the time of this writing, he was still waiting for more of the lost mail to be found.
Sometimes we feel God’s answers to our prayers are lost or delayed, but, no, each comes as a special delivery at just the right moment in His blessed will. The King James Version tells us to be “instant in prayer.” We can pray in an instant, and God instantly hears. No request is ignored, no plea is unheard, and no prayer is unanswered if we pray with humble hearts in Jesus’ Name.
In a day of instant communication, nothing is more instant than our connection with the Heavenly Father.
If we are “instant” in [prayer] and faithful in it, every little circumstance awakens the disposition to pray, and desires and words are always ready. Felix Neff, an old devotional writer