You pray and pray. Exhaustive prayers. You whisper to yourself…
So, you think your prayers go unheard, unanswered, or forgotten?
Not so! What does Scripture tell us? Our prayers are…
Peter tells us our ‟prayers…have not gone unnoticed by God!” (Acts 10:4b TLB)
David said, ‟The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” (Ps. 34:15 NKJV) And Peter agreed with David’s sentiment, ‟For the Lord is watching His children, listening to their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12 TLB)
I love the way the Amplified ends Psalm 18:6, ‟…and my cry came before Him into His [very] ears,” and the Good News Translation as well, ‟…He listened to my cry for help.”
He not only hears our prayers, He listens to them! As if He has cupped His hands over His ears, straining to listen to our pleading voices of distress.
Therefore, we can say as the disciple John said, ‟Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV)
All prayers are answered: either with a yes, not now, or no!
If Scripture says we have the answer, then why don’t we see the answer?
Because we are not on the same timetable as God. We receive our answers on HST..Heavenly Standard Time.
Those savory requests and pleas of our hearts rise as fragrant incense before the Lord and settle at the foot of His throne, filling His presence with a sweet aroma. David said, ‟Let my prayer be set before You as incense.” (Ps. 141:2a NKJV)
Those aromatic prayers are never forgotten; they are preserved in bowls before the Lord as a constant remembrance before Him. John the Revelator tells us, ‟Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” (Rev. 5:8 NKJV)
*What did Jesus say?
After telling a parable one day, Jesus said, ‟So don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:7b-8 NLT)
How many will be acting in faith? How many will be praying in faith?
What is our conclusion?
Praying…to be heard, to be listened to, to be remembered….according to God’s will, in faith, and in Jesus’ name, all bring needed answers, in God’s timing.
God is listening…don’t give up praying!
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