Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this—always obey such an impulse. — Martyn Lloyd-Jones

How important would you feel if your father had 3 billion kids’ phone numbers in his iPhone, and you were just one of them? How much attention could one man give that many children? Virtually none. But our heavenly Father has no limitations on His power, His knowledge, or His ability to be everywhere for everyone all at once! This was made clear in His talk with Moses when He said:

“I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17)

Years ago, I was sitting with thousands of college students at the Urbana conference at Illinois University. The arena was packed to the rafters. At one point in the program, they asked all 20,000 of us to pray … out loud. I was overwhelmed not just by the noise or the cumulative effect, but by the simple fact that God was capable of hearing each prayer and answering it perfectly.

For God the Father, every prayer we pray is the only one He hears. There’s no such thing as background prayers. Why?

Because He’s interested.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)

God knows your name, and it’s always on His heart. If you have a thorn in your foot, He cares about it even though there may be floods and famine elsewhere on the planet. He can give you 100% of His attention and not have any less for anyone else. That’s your significance in God’s eyes!

Father, I’m thankful that You are listening to this prayer and can give Your 100% attention to me! Thank You for being interested in me, for caring for me, for loving me. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.