It would be interesting to take a poll in order to discover how many of God’s children suspect that He does not hear them when they pray. I would guess the percentage might be fairly high. Personally, I’m convinced that God does listen to us when we pray. He has acted in many instances in direct response to a plea from my heart. I’ve felt His hand on my life protecting me and giving me strength knowing full well that others were praying for me. I’ve seen Him answer my parent’s prayers or other family members with specificity that is thrilling. I’ve watched Him heal suffering people through prayer. I’ve seen Him bestow peace to those in the midst of horrible pain and turmoil. He hears!
Psalm 65:2—All humanity will come to You, the One who hears prayer.
In the book of Psalms on thirteen different occasions the writer implored God to hear his prayer. Often these prayers were for deliverance or to express pain and the need for relief from acute problems. Twice, the Psalmist registered complaints and wanted to be sure God heard them. But what is fascinating is that twenty-three times the Psalmist expressed confidence that God in fact heard his or other’s prayers. It is a whole lot easier to pray if one believes that listening is real with the One who rules over billions of souls.
Do you believe that God hears you? Does the thought that He could differentiate your voice from millions of spoken and unspoken prayers seem completely improbable? Do you suspect He is too busy for you or occupied with things far more important than your concerns? I hope not! It’s not just that He hears, it’s that He cares and that He deeply loves you. He is the perfect Father who wants to bless His children. So don’t be afraid to open your heart and to be vulnerable before Him. If it seems like nothing happens—be patient. His timing is perfect whereas we tip the scale towards antsy. Believe with Asaph, “I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me” (77:1).
Andrew Murray inWith Christ in the School of Prayer provides us with great counsel. “Live as a child of God, then you will be able to pray as a child, and as a child you will most assuredly be heard.
So when I desired anything of God I would search the Scriptures to find if there was some promise that covered that case, and then go to God and plead His own promise; and thus resting upon that promise I would believe that God had heard, and He had, and I got what I asked.—R.A. Torrey in The Power of Prayer
Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.—Benjamin Franklin
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