Tag Archive | God hears me

II Chronicles 30: 27 ” The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, His holy dwelling place.”

The people of Israel and Judah had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  This great assembly rejoiced and praised God for being able to meet together once again.  And as their prayers rose to God, revival broke out.  For before they even traveled home, it says they went throughout the country-side smashing false idols, cutting down Asherah poles, and destroying other places of pagan worship.   Their prayers had been heard, they caught the vision God had for them, and they could not help but act on it.  I pray for the same type of revival to break out in us.

II Chronicles 15:2 ” The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

James 4:8 tells us to, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  What does “coming near to God” look like though?  It starts with communing or fellowshiping with our Heavenly Father…and that means getting to know Him.  It’s similar to when you first started dating your spouse…you talked together endless hours, getting to know each other.  God wants us to know Him…and He wants us to trust Him.  But we have to know Him before we can trust Him…and that means reading His Word and praying.  God assures us that if we seek Him, we will find Him…for He’s longingly waiting for that opportunity to be known by us.

Jonah 2:1-2 ” From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and You listened to my cry.’ “

When life’s going along smoothly…we tend to ignore God.  We smugly think it’s us that’s making it all happen.   So when disease, death or tragedy  hits – we’re thrown for a loop. ” How can this possibly be happening to me…what am I going to do…how can I fix this?”  It’s at that point of distress, we finally cry out to the Lord.  But how do we know God’s listening to us…how do we know we have His attention?  We can start by reading His Word.  The Bible is full of times when God miraculously answered His people’s cries for help.  And each time He answered, their faith was built up a little more.   The Psalmist showed this confidence when he wrote, “Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.  In the day of my trouble I will call to You, for You will answer me.” (Psalm 86:6-7)   It’s that assurance from past answered prayers that enable us to have confidence every time we cry out to God anew.