Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
God hears our prayers! Every word we utter. Every thought we think. Every yearning in the silence of our soul.
Do not ever think otherwise. Sometimes He does not answer the way we are hoping, but as we look back, it is the best answer for our situation. Please remind yourself God is not a genie who grants wishes. His love for us is so beyond human comprehension . . . He wants the very, very best for each one of us. He does not treat us like robots: He allows us to stray and make stupid mistakes.
Those mistakes are what creates a desire for us to run quickly into His arms for comfort, peace and advice. He offers us hope, new beginnings every moment of our day. He takes out stumbles and turns them into the lessons we will grow from.
Today Beth Moore tweeted this: "Father, I thank You that You have heard me." Thinking how differently we'd pray if we were utterly convinced God was listening."
I admit that once I wasn't sure God heard every prayer, like maybe He was on a coffee break in the break room.
Okay, that is a little light humor about the coffee break . . . but seriously, I wasn't praying with any confidence that God heard me. THAT changed big time when I went through the Valley of Hurt. He picked me up over and over again and taught me that I am worthy and beautiful in His sight. He healed my heart so I was able to trust, to dance with joy and praise Him as I celebrated His love for me. He taught me that He heard my every prayer but that I needed to wait and be still. And He showed me that I needed to work on patience for His answers. (ouch!!) I needed to simply put all of my trust in Him alone.
God hears us. And He loves our voices. Keep praying!
Trusting in the Lord,