This post might be hard to take, especially if you’re in a tough situation. Most likely you’ve ever asked yourself, Does God Listen? Let me start out by saying stating the truth. God does listen to your prayers, and he has a plan. However, that’s easier said than believed.
I can’t say how many times some well-meaning Christian has said the words above to me, and I’ve laughed at them. It isn’t that I don’t trust God, it’s that sometimes I don’t think God listens to my prayers.
It’s a question we’ve all asked, does God listen? While I know he does, my belief isn’t true according to the bible, and I can quote tons of verses to the contrary, it’s something I struggle with.
Did God Listen To My Prayer? Does God Hear You Cry?
I don’t know what situation you’ve found yourself in, whether it’s self-inflicted from bad choices you’ve made, bad choices someone else made, or just general trials of life. Whatever the reason, if you pray God will hear you. The outcome, well that’s the thing you have no idea about. God does Listen, and I’m going to explain the why and how.
Does God Hear You Cry?
Yes, he does hear you cry, and I’ll tell you that he is near, waiting for you to reach out to him. In fact, the Bible says he stores every one of your tears.
When you pray, you have to understand that God hears it all, and when you’re in pain he cries with you. He doesn’t always remove the pain and the heartache because these trials will make you stronger.
Look at weightlifting, if you go in and start lifting without being in shape. Your body is going to be sore the next day. Sometimes horribly sore. However, if you keep up the routine, and work through the pain. Eventually, you’ll be stronger for it.
This takes a lot of time and energy. However, the benefits of working out are better than the alternative. It’s the same for your spiritual body. When you’re in those trials, remember they’re only temporary, and if you focus and pray. God listens, and he is sending help.
It just might not be the help you imagine or desire.
Why Does It Seem Like God Isn’t Listening?
It seems like God isn’t listening because we are still wanting our own outcomes, we’re in pain, and sometimes impatient. However, if we’d take some time to align ourselves with God we’d notice a huge difference. You can align yourself by quieting yourself and Listening To The Voice Of God.
Sometimes it may take a while to quiet ourselves, and often times it’s difficult to hear his voice. But when you hear his voice, you’ll understand God Listens to you.
Rest assured that when God listens, he does it because he loves you. I always take comfort in a bible verse that is well known to everybody.
For God So Loved The World That He Gave His One And Only Son That Whoever Believes In Him Shall Not Perish, But Have Eternal Life. For God Did Not Send His Son Into The World To Condemn The World, But To Save The World Through HimJohn 3:16-17
Does that sound like the actions of a God who would leave you to your own devices? At the very heart of things, God loves you, and by extension of that, I believe God listens to us.
Then Why Does It Seem Like God Isn’t Listening?
God hears each and every word you speak. However a lot of times we don’t see the whole picture. I tend to see it as a type of spiritual tunnel vision. We only see our problems and our situations. In fact, we get fixated on them, not realizing there are people around us facing their own issues.
The Question: Does God Listen? That isn’t the question you should be asking. Here is a list of questions I ask whenever things start to fall apart:
- Where Is God Leading Me?
- What Is God Speaking To My Heart?
- Did I Obey The Last Item God Spoke To Me?
- Have I Quieted Myself To Listen Today?
These are a small sampling of what I think through when I question if God Listens to me. The truth of the matter is most of our issues are in our heads, and from learned behavior.
God Listen To Me? I Need A Transformation In My Life.
One of my favorite examples of God not listening is when teenagers are praying about their significant other. They see someone and are immediately smitten with feelings, and so they pray to God asking him to make the other person love them.
They do this for months only to have their love spurned and it turns into poison. This poison eventually kills their love and threatens their focus on who God really is.
The teenager falls into a place of despair and darkness wondering if God listens or even hears their cry. (Don’t Laugh, You’ve Been There Too)
When we go into prayer with an improper view of God, we have expectations that aren’t from God. These expectations aren’t a bad thing unless we hold onto them more than God.
When Our Expectations Turn Into Idols. We Have A Major Problem.Unknown
The point of a relationship with God is to do life with him. He’s a father to you and he’s here to teach you. It’s very difficult for a father to teach his child when that child has their own agenda.
God Listens To Every Prayer
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”1 John 5:14
I’ve never read in the Bible that every prayer of ours will be answered. What kind of world would it be if everyone had their prayers answered all at once? People would be married to multiple people, everyone would have lots of money. Multitudes of people would be healed instantly from sickness.
And that’s just what I thought off the top of my head.
However there is a season for everything, and if you can quiet yourself. You can hear God. When you question if God Listens To Your Prayers understand that he does, and you need to press onward.
Why It Feels Like God Isn’t Listening
This is the time, it was the big game last quarter. You’re down by a couple of points and you’ve got the ball. This is the time for you to focus and put your best actions on the line.
So what do you do?
In the physical world you play your heart out, and you should do the same thing spiritually.
Paul writes in the Bible:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:12
When you wonder “Does God Listen?”
This is the time for you to listen. Turn the tables and let God speak. I honestly believe he’s always speaking, and we won’t shut up long enough to hear him.
If you don’t understand how to hear God‘s voice. I’ve written another blog post about that. However, I’m going to give you a couple of pointers that’ll help you. I understand if you’re reading this article, you’re either doing research or experiencing this issue. Either way, I want to make sure you know how to connect with Jesus.
How To Hear God’s Voice
- Block Off A Chunk Of Time. I tend to spend my best time with God at night. It seems to focus me better. However, some people find better focus in the morning. Either way, block off the time.
- Remove All Distractions. This means putting your phone on airplane mode. Also turn off your computer, silence notifications, and turn off the TV. You’re Removing Anything that could distract you during this time.
- Have Your Bible Handy. This should go without saying but having your bible ready is always a good sign. In addition to that when God isn’t speaking to me. I can always open up to the world to hear his voice. This is a great backup when you don’t feel like God Listens To Your prayers.
- Play Some Praise And Worship Music: This one is optional as I know some people get distracted by it. I’ll play simple nonvocal music sometimes too. It just depends on how distracted I’ve been or know I could become.
God Listens But Expect A Different Ending
Above I wrote about improper expectations and how we focus on them. Most of the time that’s our issue. We think God is going one way and we are stuck with it, and then he makes a hard left turn. It confuses us, and we don’t know what to do.
Just turn left with him. Let go of what you wanted, and chase after what he wants.
It’s not a bad thing to expect, in fact, it’s one of those things that makes us human. However, when we hold onto expectations more than God, we get ourselves into trouble. God doesn’t care as much about your comfort as he cares about your soul.
He loves you and wants you to be in his world. The world he created. So let go, and understand that God listens to your prayer, but understand that everything is in his timing and will.
When The Answer Isn’t There. Try Focusing On Peace
My father passed away from cancer recently. For two years prior to his passing, I prayed for God to heal him. I begged and pleaded that God would do something supernatural and transform his body.
My father still died, and nothing happened.
I know God listened to my prayers. Because at one point, probably 6 months prior to his passing, he spoke to me.
He said, “Your father is not going to be healed on this side of eternity.” (or something like that). It was detrimental to me. Because I wanted to believe that God heard my prayer and he’d swoop in, possibly at the last minute. He’d heal my father because he could.
However, I don’t know his way, and it was my father’s time to go. My prayers changed after that day. Instead of praying for his healing. I prayed that God would give him strength and peace to overcome what time remained.
I continued to pray for his healing, whether it was in this life or the next.
Does God Listen? My Conclusion
I hope you enjoyed my latest article. Remember when you’re in the darkest pit that God is right there with you. When you’re crying he’s crying with you, and when in pain, he feels it too. Check Out More Of My Blog Posts If You’re Liking What You Read.
Many times we are hurting and we begin to think God doesn’t care, and see him being aloof. I heard a pastor once say;
God is always near, it’s us who create the distance. Unknown – Definitely Not Me
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