3rd November 2013

Does God Hear Our Prayers? 

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.”
Jonah 2:7 (NIV UK) 

I imagine everyone who has ever said a prayer has wondered at some time if that prayer got past the ceiling. The image of a prayer not reaching God but instead being blocked is a sentiment I have heard quite a few people describe. 

Many believe even if the prayer does get through they still have to do something special in order for God to answer their prayers. 

The truth is we don’t need to get permission from another person, wear a special garment, light a candle, use a special rug, first take a bath or take a specific posture or position before we pray. Some of these can be useful or helpful to do depending on where you are going to pray or what kind of ambiance you are trying to create; but they are not requirements for God to hear your prayer. 

The Bible reveals God as omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere at the same time. Therefore, it is impossible for anything physical to prevent your prayer from reaching God. But even more important is the “location” of God’s heart towards us. 

The Psalm 139 addresses this quite well, particularly verses 1-3: “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” (Psalm 139:1-3). 

Or as King David told Solomon: “The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought” (1 Chronicles 28:9). 

When we consider God’s omnipresence and his compassionate heart, it is most certainly foolish to think we have any secrets from him or that any of our prayers have not gone past the ceiling. God interacts with every prayer and knows what is best for every person in the scheme of all eternity.

Gracious Father, prayer is our window into your world. We ask for your insight into prayer, so that we can be more comfortable in your presence in prayer, because prayer doesn’t come naturally to us. But we thank you for the gift of prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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