“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God” (Acts 10:4). It has been said, “Our prayers never die.” I had a kid from a previous church contact me and tell me he was following me into the ministry. I was surprised because he was the hardest youth to handle in my confirmation class. I asked what was the catalyst to his decision, and he said, “One time I caught you praying after our class. You were on your knees, choked up as you lifted every one of us up by name. I’ll never forget when you prayed for me.”

I have no idea what I said, but apparently God used my vulnerable moment years later to redirect this young man’s path. Our prayers have no time limitations on them because God exists outside of the human dimensions we live in. Never underestimate His ability to answer anytime, anyplace, anywhere. He can even answer a prayer more than once!

God might not answer our prayers how we want or when we want, but He promises He will answer. It is a humbling experience to look through boxes of my mother and grandmother’s Bibles and see my name on their prayer lists. Guess what? You are on Jesus’ prayer list (Romans 8:34).

Like a parent who collects their child’s elementary art work and displays it on the refrigerator, the Heavenly Father collects our prayers. Each prayer is a memorial to God. Such faith pleases the Lord, as Hebrews 11:6 states, “Without faith, we cannot please the Lord.” Therefore, God delights in caring for us. When we put Him in the middle of our lives, relationships, conversations, and finances, rather than reducing Him to an occasional thought, the Lord comes alive, just like the Bible characters experienced.

I was pondering all the times I have covered my wife and kids in prayer – multiple times a day for over two decades. If I prayed three times a day for 25 years, it’s approximately 28,000 times. When we live by faith, we harvest prayer seeds that are planted for decades, centuries, millennia.

F.B. Meyer said, “The biggest regret when we get to heaven will be the prayers we didn’t offer.” So, let’s pray and activate the Living God!