Does God hear our prayers? Does He answer us? How do we know? When can we expect He will answer?
Scripture: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3
Sometimes it may seem like God isn’t listening, and that our prayers aren’t being heard. But we can be confident that God is listening, and that He will answer us. In this verse, it is clear that God tells us to call on Him, and when we do, He will answer us. Further, He will tell us great and unsearchable things, things that we do not know. He gives us hidden insights that will surpass our expectation. Plain and simple. All we need to do is call on the Lord, and God promises us that he will reveal himself to us, and reveal to us things that we do not know.
Why do I use the word “reveal”? Well that is the word that came to my mind this morning as I read today’s scripture. The definition of reveal, according to the dictionary of Google, is “to cause or allow (something) to be seen”, and “to make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others.” So the definition of reveal is virtually word for word what God tells us here in this verse. God wants us to know that He WILL reveal himself to us when we call on Him.
Another verse that emphasizes that God hears us is in 1 John 5:14, where it says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” So there is no doubt in my mind that God hears us. Further, we can be confident that God answers us when we call to Him. We know this because that is God’s Word and His promise, and God always keeps his promises.
So when can we expect to hear from God? With today’s technology, we are getting accustomed to having everything immediately. We have express mail, express scripts, next day delivery, and access to the internet to answer all of our questions immediately. Everyone has cell phones and everyone can get in touch with everyone immediately. What we want, and what we are used to, is immediate reply when we have a question.
Unfortunately, that is not always how things are with God. Sometimes He will answer us immediately, and sometimes He doesn’t. God’s time is not necessarily our time. Remember, the Lord’s prayer says, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, not “Our kingdom come, our will be done, immediately as it is requested.
So when can we expect an answer from God? The answer is really quite easy. In God’s time. The answer, in short, is don’t worry about it. The answer, in short, is to have faith and know that God hears us, and that He WILL answer us. We just need to focus on what God tells us to do, and that is to call on Him! From there we just need to have faith that He will answer us. And if He does not answer us immediately, we can have faith that while we wait, God is working behind the scenes on our behalf.
It all starts with a little bit of faith. We may not start with truckloads of faith, but we do need some to start the process. With faith we can put our trust in God. And as we continue to seek Him, and to call on Him, from there our faith will grow. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” – (Matthew 13:31-32).
Let us have faith today knowing that God wants us to call to Him, that He hears us, and that He will answer us. Let us start with faith, so that God can begin to work. And let us have peace knowing that God’s hand is upon us, His arms around us, His angels surround us, and His glory awaits us.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Let it sink into our very being so that we become more like you every day. Help us to seek you first, and to call on you always. Give us faith and patience to await your answer, knowing that your promise is true and that you are at work in our lives whether we see it or not. Help our unbelief Lord. Strengthen our faith , and give us courage to be obedient to your Word. Let our ears and every bit of our senses touch you, see you, hear you, and know you Lord. Fill us with all of your goodness, Lord, and keep us from harm. We give you all the honor and glory, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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