June 22, 2009
Does God Hear Us When We Pray?
Today I just want to offer an idea and some encouragement in your relationship with God. I know that, for myself, there are times when I pray and I wonder whether-or-not God paid any attention to what I said. This lack of faith is more evident in my life when I'm going through difficulties and, by his grace, I realized this one day a few years back. I was talking to God in my devotions and he gave me the idea of writing down everything I ask of him and noting the date. Then I could record when and how he answered me.
I began my very first prayer journal and I still use it to this day. During times when I struggle I simply pluck it off my bookshelf, open it up, and start reading all the prayer requests he has answered. There are still a few here and there that remain without an answer. But I know now that if there isn't an answer its because he's working on giving me one. :)
Whatever you're going through know that God isn't ignoring you. He hears your prayers. "For the Lord is watching his children, listening to their prayers." 1 Peter 3:12
And we should never be ashamed to ask him for help or advice in even the smallest things. "Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you." 1 Peter 5:7
I know that my faith is shaky at times simply because I'm a human being living in a broken world. But I have the hope of God's promises to me. And he will never break them. He is doing something good with my life as he is doing with yours.
"Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always". Romans 12:12
So stand tall and be confident in the Lord. He knows what he's doing even when we don't. And he knows how to lead our lives for the better even when we can't see how current circumstances can improve.