He Hears Our Cries
15th JUNE 2022
And this is the boldness [confidence] we have in God’s presence [before God]: that if we ask God for anything that agrees with what he wants [according to his will], he hears us. [And] If we know he hears us every time we ask him [in whatever we ask], we know we have what we ask from him [1 John 5:14–15 EXB]
The Bible is replete with God’s promises about things that affect our daily lives. One of these is God’s promise to listen to our prayers. The NLT version of 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory through Christ.”
It’s no surprise that the author says in our main text that we can be confident and bold in asking God for anything that is agreeable to His will. This is because He hears us when we speak! The tone of the verse found in Psalms 66:19 is also confident. “But CERTAINLY, God has heard me,” the Psalmist says. To be certain means to have a strong belief that something is true!
As we approach God to speak to Him and ask Him for anything, as His word encourages us to do, we must be confident that He hears us. Our trust in God as a prayer-answering God stems from the knowledge that He is an attentive, listening Father! How else could God have answered all of our prayers if He didn’t listen to or hear our voices in the first place?
Jesus spoke these profound words after praying for the resurrection of His dear friend Lazarus. These are the words by which we should model our faith. […then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me…”] John 11:41b-42a NLT
“Come BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need,” the Bible says (Hebrews 4:16). This means that, regardless of our circumstances, God’s promise to hear our voices remains true. What a wonderful father!
Thank You, Lord, for the assurance we have in You that You hear our prayers. When we are tempted to doubt Your promise to hear our voice, Holy Spirit, remind us of this. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Further Reading: Psalms 18:6 / Psalms 66:19
Bible In One Year: Psalms [113–116]