One of the biggest challenges in our prayer life is the certainty that God is listening. Sometimes we are attacked by deistic thoughts. Deism is the philosophy that believes that a god created the world, put rules and laws in it and left. So deism believes that there is a god, but he is not around or close enough to listen to our prayers.
2. There is a God who listens to our prayers
The belief that there is a God and that He hears our prayers, is essential for our prayer life. Prayer is not throwing words in the air for the sake of feeling good. When we pray, we address that prayer to a Person who created and controls the world. We pray to Someone who loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to save us so we would be able to have fellowship with Him.
This is why when we see people in the Scriptures praying, they know that they are talking to God and He will answer them. This is what David said: “In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. 2 Samuel 22:7.” David is absolutely sure that his voice and cry would be heard by God. That is the same faith that we must have when we pray. We need to be sure that God will listen.
The problem that we face with this fact is that we want to feel or see that God is listening to our prayers. When we pray using the guidelines that were laid out in the Scriptures, we can be sure that God will listen. We should not fool ourselves. God will not listen to us because of our choreography and intonations. He will listen to us because he is a gracious and merciful God, and He decided to do so.
That assurance should produce at least two things in us, the first one is hope. Micah the prophet has this to share with us: “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7” He will watch in hope. When we know that there is a merciful and gracious God who listens to our prayer, we can have hope that He will answer our request.
The second result of this assurance is praise and worship to God. This is what the psalmist does: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:18-20.” He praises God because God heard him and did not reject his prayer.
Therefore, my brother and sister, do not give up your prayer life. Keep insisting and asking. God will answer you in the right time.
Have a blessed week,