Listen to this prayer of David in Psalm 28: “I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.”
Have you ever prayed a prayer like that? I have.
How about Moses? He begged God to let him lead his people into the Promised Land. Moses died on Nebo’s peak, his request denied.
Paul prayed three times for the removal of that “thorn in the flesh.” Instead, he was compelled to make the best of it for the rest of his life … God did not answer his request.
Even Jesus himself in the garden cried out for release from the cross. Jesus prayed, “Please Father, take this cup of suffering from me.” No response recorded in Scripture … except Jesus’ own – “Not my will, but yours, O Lord.”
Psalm 66:19: “But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer!”
You see, the truth is, God is always listening … He is always hearing.
When Franklin Roosevelt was President he often had to stand in long greeting lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who came down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” The guests responded with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We are proud of you. God bless you, sir.” It was not till the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Without hesitation, the ambassador leaned over and whispered, “I’m sure she had it coming.”
Despite how you feel or what you might think, please be assured that God is listening.
He may feel like He is silent, but I promise you He is always listening!!!