2 Kings 19:20 “Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.”
That steely, glazed over look in their eyes. You see that they are looking at you, but, seemingly right through you.
In those instances, I will say something fantastical like, “I opened the box, and an elephant’s head came out and asked, ‘Do you want a cookie?’ to which I replied, I do! What do you think of that?” To which they just nod their head and say, “Sure, yes, whatever you say.”
Some act sheepish when caught. Others will apologize profusely, and even share what captured their thoughts in the first place.
When talking to our children, I would ask them, “Now what is it that I am asking you to do?” and judging by their response, I can tell if they were listening or not.
We have all felt that in prayer, there was a 50-50 chance we were being heard. Maybe. Possibly. If He felt like it. Until I read what the Word of God has to say about my prayers being answered.
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
“… I will answer thee.”
I read it and started to take God at His Word. He WILL hear me.
Psalm 91:15 “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”
Sounds pretty definite.
Isaiah 41:17 “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”
Who among us hasn’t been poor and needy at some point in our life?
Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
Answers before I ask? What an amazing God!
Luke 11:9-10 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
By the simple mention of His name.
John 14:14 “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
Simple obedience is key.
1 John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”
God showed me the importance of prayer when the very first act He performed after Christ died on the cross, was to rip the veil that separated us in two. It signified that there was no longer a partition; a division between God and man. We now can come to Him directly.
But to know that I am heard; to know that my prayers will be answered brings peace.
Psalm 4:3 “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.”
Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”
Psalm 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
That assurance and confidence can only come by faith.
Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
When I know the character of God; what He loves, whom He loves, and what He desires, I can ask with confidence and boldness.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Finding grace to help… not in my time of need, but for others. If it were meant for me, it would have said “…find grace FOR help”, but it says, “TO” help. Therefore, I must pray for the needs of others.
God promises that my needs are already met.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
With my needs met, prayers heard, and His presence with me, I can go forth today with the calm assurance that my God knows what lies ahead and just what I need to call this day a success.
Reenergize your prayer life.
Pray with the confidence and belief that you are heard of God, and what you are asking will be answered.