by Julia Bruce
CEO, Author, and Conference Speaker

Does God hear your prayers?

Do you ever wonder if God hears your prayers? 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Our confidence comes from asking according to God’s will. We understand and know His will as we develop an intimate relationship with Him through Bible study, Worship, and prayer. If something is in God’s will, then we can know that God will both hear and answer that prayer.

David had doubts, too

If you’ve ever had doubts (we all have at one time or another) about God hearing our prayers, then you can know that you’re not alone. David, whom God referred to as “a man after my own heart” also had doubts. Listen to him calling out to God in Psalm 22:1-2, which says, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.” Chances are you’ve been in this exact same spot. So here are five verses to help you during these times to bring you back to the promises that God does hear us.

Five Verses that Reassure Us God Hears Our Prayers

1. John 9:31 – “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.”

2. 1 Peter 3:12 – “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

3. 1 John 5:15 – “And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

4. Jeremiah 29:12-13; “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

5. Psalm 66:17-20 – “I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”

God Invites Us to Call Out To Him

Not only does he hear them, but He invites us to call out to Him. He is sitting there, just waiting to speak with you today. Longing to hear from you. And when you call out to Him, He will answer, but not with just a simple yes, no, or maybe…. Jeremiah 33:3 tells us that God wants to tell you great and incomprehensible things.

How exciting would our prayer lives be if we sat in silence, listening to God telling us great and incomprehensible things…things we don’t know? What dream would He plant in our heart? How might He call us to serve Him? What new and fresh Word might we get out of the Bible if we sat still long enough to hear Him speak? How might the Holy Spirit direct us to intercede and pray for someone God lays on our heart? What work might God do in your life that would allow you to let go of anger and bitterness and give you the grace to forgive that person that hurt you? Call out Him…He will answer. Sit expectantly waiting for Him to show Himself to you.

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