God Hears Prayers

For you answer our prayers.
All of us must come to you.
-Psalm 65:2 (NLT)

Have you ever pondered how awesome it is, that God hears our prayers.  God is the hearer.  He hears.  When he hears, he answers.  He has answered all my prayers.  That is something hard to understand, but it is true.

Where we get into trouble is when we demand our answer to prayer, the answer we want now.  We have to train ourselves to be able to ask for an outcome, but stay deeply engaged to God while that outcome is not happening.

God hears and God answers the prayers of those who are in covenant with him, who worship him and have sought his mercy for their sins.  God never ignores his children, who are living a life of seeking him.  Hearer of prayers, that is God, all the time.

He is listening.  He hears you when you talk to him.  You also do not have to pray out loud for him to hear you.  God can hear your silent prayers as well, even when you do not use words.  This is something we need to know and it will make a difference in how you live your life.

You can live a life of knowing that God hears your prayers.  It is a truth, but you have to bring it to mind and anchor that truth in your heart.

Hearing prayers and answering prayers go hand in hand with God.  God hears and God answers; and God always hears his children who are in covenant with him.  To hear is to answer.

The answer is often different than what we imagine.  What if God himself is the biggest part of the answer to every prayer request?  When God comes, he meets the immediate need and does something transformational.  God answers above and beyond our requests, hopes, and expectations.

What if God is after transformation and Christlikeness in your life?  What if that is the main thing God wants for Christians?  You see the things you want.  You see the situations that you want changed.  But God is after making you into a Christian, one who bears Christ's image, and a person who lives the way Jesus lived, when he walked here as a man.

Those thoughts should blow you mind.  Your human, thinking, brain cannot inherit the kingdom. Your selfish thoughts, based on non-God viewpoints need to go Calvary and be crucified with Christ.  God wants us to have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).

Our God is "hearer of prayer".  To know that God hears is a powerful thing.  We need to get this.  Our God is Immanuel, God with us.  Talking to God is not like shouting into the air sending a message that you have no way of knowing that it reached the addressee.

Talking to God is like talking to someone who you know is listening, who reads every word, or caught even every silent prayer.  Let that thought settle and sit with you.  God hears and hearing means he answers.

My friend and I used to meet together and pray every week.  One week, we were praying about our requests that had not come to pass yet, and he declared the scripture about how, as fathers, we would not give our children something bad when they ask us for sustenance; and how much more will our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to us, who ask.....  so ask.

God is a hearing God.
For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
-2 Cor. 6:2 (NIV)
God has a time when he acts.  There are times and seasons.  There are "now" times when doors open that we should go through, that we could miss.  What time is it is a question to ask.  There are waiting times, running times, fighting times, and celebration times; to only name a few.  We want to be in step with Gods times and be praying to our God who hears, according to the season.
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Photo credit: Ryan Huguley, 3 Keys to Consistent Prayer

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