I have a good friend who is very bad with email. He admits it, and I'd say that to his face. Usually if I get a response, it's a week later and brief.
That's a big if. Normally, I don't get a reply. Sometimes I wonder if I really sent the email or if I only dreamt I did. I've considered attaching a "read receipt" so I know when he's gotten it and read it.
Except last week I was talking to him and he made a reference to something I'd said in an email.
"You do actually read my emails," I exclaimed in shock.
He assured me he does. He reads all of them even if he doesn't respond.
Ladies and gentlemen, that's God. He reads all of our knee-mail (sorry, that was bad). God hears our prayers even if we don't hear His response. In his book Too Busy Not to Pray, Bill Hybels points out that God only speaks when He has something to say.
Sometimes that quality drives me nuts. But I take comfort in that fact that He has heard my cries.
As a writer who thrives on feedback, this silence is especially difficult. But it's necessary. If it weren't, God wouldn't put me through it.
So, even know I know responses will be few and far between, I will continue to email my friend. Even know I know I may get an answer of silence, I will continue to pray to the Lord.