THE GEOMETRY OF PRAYER
by Charles Robey
Can you figure it out, beloved?
Is our "Heavenly Father" visible in Geometry ? Of course he is, as He made all forms of calculations, including Geometry (Romans 11:36).
"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created through Him and for Him." (Colossians 1:16)
First, from a secular mind-set, let us explore the meaning of Geometry. Geometry is the visual study of shapes, sizes, patterns, and positions. It occurred in all cultures, such as navigating/star-gazing. How do I get from here to there, using maps ?
With this Geometry hypocrisies in mind, let us research what part Geometry may play in one of God's utmost divine doctrines, that of prayer. Mankind reaching out to God and God responding to our needs. (Notice I said needs not wants).
Does the God of heaven hear all prayers that are offered to Him in different languages at the same time ? Yes, He does. Because He is "the Almighty God"(Genesis 17:1), there is nothing that is too hard for Him (Genesis 18:14). He understands all languages in which humans speak (Genesis 11:7-8), and all at the same time, instantly. And yes, He can handle all the prayers that might be coming His way all at the same time! (Psalms 138:7-12)
This old universe of ours is an effect which requires an adequate cause, and the only sufficient cause is our "Living God" (Psalm 19:1). The universe not only proves a maker but also a designed (Romans 1:18-20). And this designed, God, not only created mankind, but is responsible for mankind's needs and concerns (Psalm 145:18), thus the remedy of prayer. You see, prayer is the only fellowship we now have with an unseen God (John 20:29), through His Holy Spirit, in the name of His Son (1 Timothy 2:8).
I have deducted a very interesting secular "Coordinate Geometry" formula, using the "Horizontal" - Vertical" premise, in demonstrating how God hears all prayers at once. Thus, let us explore this unusual interesting Geometry prayer theory. However, before I continue, let me state that this scenario in no way demeans God's supreme authority to that of secular Physics (Romans 13:1). It's simply just a lay Geometry fact paralleling God's divine eternal will for our lives (Hebrews 13:17). After all, did God not create the laws of physics (John 1:3) ?
I also realize, of course, God can and does causes numerous events to occur in effecting His eternal plan, including changing the laws of nature. God made the sun to go backwards (Isaiah 38:8), and the sun to stand still and the moon to stop (Joshua 10:13). Not to mention parting the water to allow the Jews to escape Pharaoh's domain (Exodus 14:21).
With respect to Geometry's, secular conjecture of prayer, horizontal and vertical planes are simply directions relative to some reference frame. Typically the reference frame in HS and early college physics is Earth's surface. In which case horizontal means parallel to Earth's surface and vertical means perpendicular to Earth's surface, with the coordinate plane being organized around two axes: the x-axis running horizontally, and the y-axis running vertically.
The vertical line (Y) goes straight up and down, parallel to the y- axis of the coordinate plane. The vertical line has no slope, as for a vertical line the slope is undefined. In other words, it's either up or down with no variance. To reach out in to prayer "G", one would have to first go through prayers "A" - to "G", in strictly following the vertical line up or down.
The horizontal line (X) goes left-to-right, parallel to the x-axis of the coordinate plane. The horizontal line has a slope. The slope can move to the right or left. All prayers, A thru G could be sent or received at the same time, by simply moving either to the right or to the left.
Are you now totally bamboozled ? I hope not. Remember this is just a hypothesis, built austerely around a human secular mind-set, to help understand how God can and does hear all prayers at once.
One point to ponder. Should we, in our human finite minds, deduce that every prayer is acceptable to the Lord? We know God can hear all prayers, at one time, However, are all prayers acceptable to Him (Proverbs 28:9) ? This verse makes it clear that if out of fellowship with the Lord, then one should not expect the Lord to receive prayers. You see, God counts it as an abomination when we decline Him, by going our own sinful way. And all the praying in the world cannot change that principle of God's eternal will. Prayer will never take the place of obedience, as the Lord rejects the prayer or cry of a disobedient person. However, God does give us a plan of reconciling to him (1 John 1:9).
Since all of God’s commands are righteousness (Psalm 119:172), then a righteous person is one that keeps His commandments. Yes, the Lord promises to receive the prayers of such a person, but not the prayers of the unrighteousness (1John 3:7).
Yet again, God can and does hear all prayers of the saints (Christians) at the same time. He always answers prayer, but in His way, not ours. He never is too late but we must learn to patiently trust Him.
Not like our limited minds, God recognizes successiveness of events and all past, present and future events are equally vivid to Him. For this cause, His perfect plan will be degreed, for all mankind, including you and I.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11) .
REMEMBER – PRAYER IS !