God Always Hears
Don’t think when you pray that God isn’t listening. In fact He more than hears, He is intensely interested in what you are saying and is even ready to act on your behalf!
Last week I was studying in the book of Daniel and came across a few verses that really stood out to me and they continue to impress me this week as I am praying for specific needs.
The first is Daniel 10:12-14
Verse 12: “Then said He unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.”
This is really encouraging! God is saying in this verse that from the very first moment that Daniel purposed in his heart to seek God for understanding and then calls out to God in prayer...the Lord heard Daniel! And not only did God hear Daniel, but notice the last part...”and I came for thy words.” God was not only listening but was also ready to act on behalf of Daniel—He was there ready and willing to send Daniel help!
If God is the same today as he was in Daniel’s day...(which we are told He is...Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever. And...I change not...Hebrews 13:8 and Malachi 3:6) This means that today He hears you and me from the very first moment we begin to seek Him in prayer! And...that He desires to act on our behalf also.
The next verse is even more enlightening. Often when we don’t receive an answer to our prayers right away we begin to doubt (and remember God’s answers may be: yes, no, or maybe, but they are always what is best for us). It’s likely our doubt creeps in because we aren’t understanding the very real battle that is taking place on our behalf as we are waiting. If we were to look behind the scenes, as we can in verse 13, it shows us what happened right after Daniel sought God in prayer…
Verse 13: “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” Verse 14: “Now I am come…”
In verse 13, the angel Gabriel (Daniel 9:21) is saying that he tried to come to Daniel right away but couldn’t because the forces of evil withstood him for 21 days! How often this is likely the case for us. The Lord sends His help but the devil is also there ready to send his distractions and agents to detour God’s answers to our prayers! But we see in verse 14, (now I am come...) that God prevails and Gabriel does make it to Daniel in answer to his prayer...God always reigns!
The catch is...we can’t give in to the devil during the waiting periods of life. God calls us to stay faithful to Him and His word, and not to join the devil in detouring His plans for our lives. We can’t expect God’s richest and best in our lives and in answer to our prayers if we ourselves are sabotaging our own futures!
Is something standing in your way today that keeps you from believing help is coming? Just like Daniel, remember when you pray that the enemy of souls is trying to intercede and cause you to doubt that help is coming. But, don’t believe the lie! Choose to believe the truth...God is intensely interested, and hears you from the first moment you prayer to Him. And remember that the devil is eager to interfere with God’s best plans for you at every turn...so...pray harder to fight back the devil! And, take heart—God will win, just as He did in Daniel’s case!
And never forget how much your Heavenly Father cares for you...Matthew 10:29-31 tells us: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, are you not of more value than many sparrows!”