I absolutely LOVE technology! I love that my watch tells me how many calories I burned during yoga, and the phases of the moon. I love how I can track my kids via their cellphones and know they arrived at their destination. I have my iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro and Apple Watch all synced, so I am connected wherever I go. I also love that little message under a text that’s barely noticeable, but says, “Delivered”. That lets me know my phone is working and the recipient has received my message. I also love automated emails that say, “Thank you, your message has been received”. At least I know it’s gotten where it needs to go and I can rest assured they will respond.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our prayers had a “message received” notification, that after you prayed maybe a little audible bell sounds, or something to let us know God received our message. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. But we can be assured by His Word that He listens faithfully and does indeed hear us. In 1 Peter 3:12 we learn that, “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:19, CSB). This is echoed in Proverbs, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29, CSB). Romans encourage us to keep praying, “Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer” (Romans 12:12, CSB). In Philippians 4:6 (one of my life verses) Paul tells us, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6, CSB).
In 1 Samuel we read about Hannah who was barren. Year after year she prayed asking God to allow her to have a child. In verse 19 we are told that, “the Lord remembered her [prayer]” (1 Samuel 1:19, AMP). When Peter was in prison “the church was praying fervently to God for him” (Acts 12:5, CSB). God heard their prayers and sent an angel to rescue him. We must approach the Throne with confidence that God indeed hears us.
Something I love to do is to pray scripture! You could pray, “Lord, Your word promises me that you hear the prayers of the righteous, and through Jesus I have been made righteous. I’m trusting that you are working on my behalf. And I leave this request in your loving and capable hands”. Thank you for taking the time to read this! Leave a comment and tell me your favorite scripture to include in your prayers.