Day Eleven: The Promise to Hear Us

“And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  1 John 5:14

As I have gotten older, there is one thing I have noticed that does not get better with age…and that’s my hearing.  For some reason I just can’t hear as clearly as I could when I was younger.  I guess I can blame it on the fact that I listened to my music too loud or that when I attended concerts in college somehow I ended up standing right next to the speakers.  So if you are young and you do these things I say to you, protect your hearing!  You might regret it one day.

My husband laughs at me now because of how loud I turn the television up.  But whenever I am sitting in the living room with him watching it, I cannot hear it.  I make him turn it up and even then he won’t turn it up to where I can clearly hear what the actors are saying.  As I age, the volume on the tv is only going to get louder and louder.

One of the hardest parts about not being able to hear as well is that sometimes I find myself asking someone to repeat what they said.  Now, this usually only happens when I am speaking with my daughters.  They tend to talk fast or mumble and I can’t catch exactly what they said.  If I ask them to repeat it then they get frustrated with me and say forget it.  And then I get frustrated because they won’t tell me again!  It’s an endless cycle.

But I am so very grateful for that One person who always hears me.  The One I know who doesn’t have to ask me to repeat anything because I might have mumbled or talked fast.  The One I know who isn’t standing in front of loud speakers at a concert.  The One I know who doesn’t have His earbuds in listening to music rather loudly.  The One I know who does not have His television turned up loudly, drowning out what anyone else is saying.  That One is my Lord and Savior.

God’s ears are open.  He always hear us.  How do we know that?  Because Scripture tells us.  Look at these passages from the Bible that tells us of His promise to hear us:

“And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  1 John 5:14

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.”  1 Peter 3:12

“But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer.”   Psalm 66:19

I love the passage from 1 Peter that says his ears are always open.  It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, we can always talk to God.  God doesn’t go to sleep.  He’s not absent or busy doing other things.  He’s not too busy answering the prayers of someone else.  And no, He’s not deaf either. He ALWAYS hears us.

But, Vanessa, how come my prayers aren’t always answered?

That my friend is a good question and one I cannot explain.

What I do know is that God DOES hear us when we pray to Him (1 John 5:14).  I do know that we MUST be persistent in prayer (Colossians 4:2).  I do know that we NEED to make sure we are staying close to Him, following His ways (Deuteronomy 13:4).

Friends, don’t stop talking to God because you think He doesn’t hear you.  I promise He does!  God longs to answer your prayer.  I know He will.  Sometimes He answers them in a different way, but usually it’s in a way that is much better than what we could have ever imagined.

God is listening.  Keep talking.

Prayer:  Almighty God, we are grateful that we have the freedom to come to You with anything.  We are grateful that Your Word tells us that You hear us.  Give us perseverance in our prayers and assurance that You do hear everything we ask.  We love you, Lord.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Journal
  1. Why do you feel that God doesn’t hear you?
  2. What can you do to let go of this thought that He doesn’t hear you?
  3. Keep a prayer journal.  That way you can look back and see how God answers prayer and know He does listen to you.

 

 

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