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October 27, 2021 8:00 pm
When I served on my church’s congregational care team, one of my duties was to pray over the requests penciled on pew cards during the services. For an aunt’s health. For a couple’s finances. For a grandson’s discovery of God. Rarely did I hear the results of these prayers. Most were anonymous and I had no way of knowing how God had responded. I confess that at times I wondered, was He really listening? Was anything happening as a result of my prayers?
Over our lifetimes, most of us question, “Does God hear me?” I remember my own Hannah-like pleas for a child that went unanswered for years. And there were my pleas that my father find faith, yet he died without any apparent confession.
Etched across the millennia are myriad instances of God’s ear bending to listen: to Israel’s groans under slavery (Exodus 2:24); to Moses on Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 9:19); to Joshua at Gilgal (Joshua 10:14); to Hannah’s prayers for a child (1 Samuel 1:10–17;) to David crying out for deliverance from Saul (2 Samuel 22:7).
First John 5:14 crescendos, “If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” The word for “hears” means to pay attention and to respond on the basis of having heard.
As we go to God today, may we have the confidence of His listening ear spanning the history of His people. He hears our pleas.
Wrong is not listening that's the title of today's encouragement for Our Daily Bread devotional. I'm Alisa Morgan.
When I served on my churches Congregational care team. One of my duties was to pray over the request penciled on pew cards during the services for an aunt's health for couples, finances for a grandson's discovery of God. Rarely did I hear the results of these prayers. Most were anonymous and I had no way of knowing how God had responded.
I confess that at times I wondered. Was he really listening was anything happening as a result of my prayers over our lifetimes. Most of his question, does God hear me. I remember my own. Hannah, like please for a child that went unanswered for years and they were my pleas that my father find faith. Yet he died without any apparent confession etched across the millennia are myriad instances of God's ear bending to listen to Israel's groans under slavery to Moses on Mount Sinai to Joshua at Gill gal to Hannah's prayers for a child to David crying out for deliverance from Saul first John chapter 5 verse 14 crescendos. If we ask anything according to his will he hears us. The word for hears means to pay attention and to respond on the basis of having heard as we go to God today. May we have the confidence of his listening ears spanning the history of his people he hears our place. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from first John chapter 5 verses 13 through 15.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us and if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him. Pray father, thank you that you are hearing God when we speak, you listen that you carry our request close to your heart. May we trust you to respond according to your perfect desires in your name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries