|“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14, NIV)|
Have you ever engaged in a conversation with someone whose attention was somewhere else? How did you respond when you realized they weren’t even listening?
“You haven’t heard a single word I said!”
“Are you even listening to me?”
It’s frustrating to realize that what you say is not valued enough to be heard. You recognize that you’re just not important enough to be heard. Have you’ve been guilty of tuning out the conversation of a spouse, child, or friend? It’s altogether different when you are the one being ignored.
Has the thought ever occurred to you that God isn’t listening?
How do you respond to that thought? Does that thought frustrate you? Have you asked that pointed question of God?
“Are you even listening to me Lord?”
I personally have experienced times in my life when it just seems like I’m all alone, but the Bible says:
“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me...” (Psalm 138:8, NASB)
What this tells me is that behind the scenes, in areas of my life I’m not even aware of, God is at work so that all things work together for good. I remember reading in Daniel:
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting…” (Daniel 9:3, NIV)
In this same chapter of Daniel, the angel Gabriel appears and reveals:
“As soon as you began to pray, a word went out…” (Daniel 9:23, NIV)
God hears our prayers!
I love the lyrics in the song, He’ll Do It Again, sung by Shirley Caesar:
God simply doesn’t fail! That means that nothing can disable His ability to hear you. God hears you and He is actively concerned about you. God loves and cares for you. That’s why He sent His son Jesus into the world; to save us from sin, death and damnation.
Why would God do all that and then not listen to you? He wouldn’t!
So when you’re praying and the thought occurs in your mind that you’re just talking to yourself, just remember:
He hears you!
|Note: This post is linked to Spiritual Sundays (hosted by Charlotte).|