Can God Hear My Prayer?
By Linda Gilden
God hears your prayer. He delights when we come to him and ask him to help us. He wants to give us the things we need, not the things we think we need. Sometimes the answers we get to prayers aren’t what we want or expect or they take longer than we think they should. But, none of that is the absence of answers. God hears every prayer no matter what method of praying you use: speaking, singing, or thinking. Even our actions can be a prayer to God.
God is waiting to hear from us. Psalm 34:15 reminds us,
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.
He never sleeps and is always available to hear our prayer.
We must humble ourselves and seek Him.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers of the people offered in this place. (II Chronicles 7:14-15)
In I Chronicles 5:20, we are told that God answered the prayers of the people because they trusted in Him. Believing that God will answer our prayers, trusting in His ability to hear and answer is important.
The book of Psalms is full of David’s petitions to God and his thoughts on prayer. In the sixth chapter he says, “the Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
Many places in the Bible site similar conditions for prayers to be heard: living well, trusting in God, being humble. In other words, the prayers that are heard are those that come from a person who has a relationship with God, someone who believes that his or her prayers will be answered by a loving heavenly Father.
How do you develop a relationship with God? Just like you do with friends and coworkers. By getting to know them, spending time with them, talking to them. So it is with God. Spend time with Him and get to know Him and you won’t have to ask this question anymore. You’ll know without a doubt that He is there.
Do You Want a Relationship with God?
If you want this kind of relationship with God, pray this prayer right now:
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my life and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner -- that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, you are now a child of God. The things of your old life have passed away and He has made all things new.
We want to join you in celebrating your new life. Please send us an e-mail to let us know that you prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior. Or you can call our Prayer Counseling Center at (800) 759-0700. A caring friend is available to talk with you and send you some resources to help you begin your walk with the Lord.
Linda Gilden is the author of the popular Love Notes series: Love Notes in Lunchboxes and Love Notes on His Pillow. She is a frequent speaker to women’s groups and writers conferences nationwide. For more information, visit www.lindagilden.com.
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