Don’t be surprised if you may have a natural question about faith: “Do we really have reason to believe that God hears us?” That is a very important thing. The answer is very certain: Yes, we have reason to believe. Yes, God hears you. This answer is based on strong arguments. God hears our prayers and Bible verses speak very clearly about this.
As soon as we open our eyes, we can rejoice in what we see. The most important thing here is God-given Grace that opens our eyes.
Remember one legendary story from the Bible. What God did to the servant of the prophet Elisha, who was afraid of the many enemies who surrounded them? Help came only after Elisha’s prayer, “The Lord, please open his eyes that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17), and he immediately saw a mountain full of fiery horses and chariots all around Elisha. So would we have abundant comfort from prayer if our eyes were opened and we saw that God listened to our prayers?
We just want to make three important points here.
1. God himself invites you to talk to him
The first is that God himself calls us to call him in times of tribulation and encourages us: “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will save thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15) If God had never listened to our prayers, we would never have known whether he really wanted to hear us or not, and we would have remained in eternal ignorance. But now we have no reason to doubt. Here is God’s command that we should take refuge in him, and God himself claims to listen and hear us.
Stop and think: Is the word of God unsafe? Who is God? Do you believe in God? Can you trust him? Can God break even one of his promises? Isn’t one word of God safer than all you can see with your own eyes? Ask God to open your senses so that you understand what it means that God himself has called us to pray. Then you will finally realize that it is not your prayers that move God to hear you, but his own words and promises.
- “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. ” (Jeremiah 33:3)
- “Turn to me and be saved. ” (Isaiah 45:22)
- “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. ” (Luke 18:1)
You see what a sure foundation and comfort we are given in prayer if, instead of following our feelings, we turn our eyes to God’s promises.
2. God is omnipotent
The second thing that gives us confidence that God hears our prayers is the omnipotence of God. We conclude the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matt. 6:13) in a short, hymn-like verse that glorifies the glory of God: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” . These words not only praise God but also give us a strong conviction that our Father is a mighty Lord and King who easily does everything we ask of him, even if it seems impossible to us. We need this conviction of faith because one of the greatest obstacles to prayer is to think that something is impossible for God.
It is the paganism of our hearts that does not believe that God can do more for us. After seeking help in vain on our own and inhuman strength, we feel helpless and powerless. At this point, we need God who can do more than humans. But do we have such an assistant?
In the “Lord’s Prayer” prayer, Christ teaches that our Heavenly Father is such a Helper. “For thou hast the kingdom,” etc., You are the almighty and absolute Sovereign over all things created. You can command all forces in nature and in the spirit kingdom. Therefore, you can turn all things for good and give everything you need to save us.
3. Jesus is our confidence
The third thing that gives us confidence that God hears our prayers or the most important reason, is our Savior — his betrayal for us, his merit, his prayer for us, his trust. May Christ above all makes us sure and confident that all our prayers in his power will be truly heard. As a result, the great obstacle to our faith, our disrespect is being broken down. Only Christ is pleasing to God. Christ says, “If you ask the Father for anything, he will give it to you in my name” (Jn. 16:23).
And we know what it means to pray in Jesus ‘name, that is, to pray all things for Jesus’ sake, for his grace’s sake, for the infinite value of his work and suffering for us. In him, we are given “yes” and “amen” to all of God’s promises. If you pray in the name of Jesus, even the slightest sigh will not be in vain, for your greatest disrespect cannot be an obstacle to hearing your prayer. In him, everything is “yes” and “amen”. God opens our eyes and increases our faith! And don’t hesitate – God hears our prayers! Always.