The God Who Hears

"The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." James 5:16b

There is an idea I've heard many times, and I've begun to "get it" over the last few years. The idea is that prayer is not something we do for God; it's something we do for us. While God does command us to pray (1 Thess. 5:17), it's not something He needs. Just like God doesn't need our worship (Acts 17:24-25), He doesn't need our prayer requests, either.

So why pray? Because God hears (Psalm 65:2). Because He sees (Genesis 16:13). Because He knows (Psalm 103:14). Prayer changes us because it is an act of humble trust in a God who cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Are you going through a financial crisis? Cry out to the Provider (Psalm 68:10).

Are you experiencing strain in a relationship or your marriage? Cry out to the Redeemer (Job 19:25).

Are you exhausted or sick or depressed or numb? Cry out to the Healer (Exodus 15:26).

Are you brokenhearted for a friend or family member who doesn't know the Lord? Cry out to the Savior (Hosea 13:4).

Sometimes we don't even know what to pray, but God has provided for that detail, too (Romans 8:26). Sometimes we don't want to pray because it seems like He won't answer us. Even then, He cares for us, and He commands us to pray (Matt. 26:41).

Don't limit God to what we want Him to do. Prayers are not tokens for a wonder-working machine. Prayers are heart-changers for a broken people who believe, above all else, that the God who hears is the God who has every hair on our heads numbered (Luke 12:7), and who values us more than anything else in His creation (Psalm 8:5).

Keep praying to the God who hears, and believe He will provide and comfort and heal and save and change hearts. That is what He does, and He will do that for you in the best way (Isaiah 55:9, Romans 8:28). Prayer glorifies our loving, Almighty God, and prayer changes us.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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