Here are five Bible verses to reassure you that God hears your prayers.
First John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
The Apostle John wasn’t trying to pump up the church’s faith. He had confidence in God, including a confidence that whatever we pray for in God’s will is a prayer that God will hear. Can we ask for anything more than having God’s ear, so at least we have access to the throne of grace, thanks be to Jesus Christ, our Mediator.
Psalm 66:19 “But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.”
The psalmist was like John. He knew that God listened to his prayer, and even “attended to the voice of [his] prayer.” It’s one thing to have your prayers heard, but to have them “attended to” means it’s been taken care of. That doesn’t mean your prayer request will come exactly as you thought it would be, but since God attends to it, that should be enough for us.
John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”
Isaiah the Prophet wrote our “iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2), but God must hear at least some sinners, because how many of us have cried out to God to save us while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8)? This verse is saying that whoever does God’s will and worships the One, True God, will be the one who He will listen too.
First Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Not only are our prayers being heard, God’s ears are opened toward them, however, His face is against the wicked. If His face is against the wicked, it’s not likely they’re prayers will be heard, especially if they’re living in sin, but God will hear them and answer them if they cry out to be saved.
First John 5:15 “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
John gives us one final verse about our prayers being heard, and again, he doesn’t have to depend on feelings; he knows that God “hears us in whatever we ask,” and knows “that we have the requests that we have asked of him,” even before we receive them. That’s faith!
We can have confidence that God will hear our prayers. God can even read the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Heb 4:13), so it’s not a matter of whether He will hear us or not, it’s a matter of whether we’ll accept His answer. This much is true, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous” (Prov 15:29).
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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