It occurred to me this morning as I was praying that God still hears (is continuously hearing) all the prayer I have ever offered to Him. He is not bounded by time. Which means that when we praise Him we add to the eternal chorus of all saints living and dead that is eternally on-going and has an infinite capacity for growth such that eternity will never be filled by it.
It also means He now and forever hears His Son’s prayers to Him, including the High Priestly Prayer of John 17, and His prayer on the cross “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” He continuously hears the prayers of Paul for the church like the one in Philippians: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.” (1:9)
And the one in Colossians 1:9-14:
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
It’s encouraging to know that God is eternally hearing the prayers of Jesus and Paul. Let us now add to the chorus: Praise the Lord!”