Does God Hear You When You Pray?
By Pastor Dennis Tarr
“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me
and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 17:6)
Have you ever wondered whether God was actually listening to you when you prayed? And did you ever voice your concern? If so, you are in good company – the company of complainers!
There were a number of Psalmists apart from King David who recorded their Psalms. And many of them were quite open about their frustration over the seeming silence of heaven and the apparent “earlessness” of God. The people of God in general often wondered if God was listening to them and was aware of their plight. On one occasion God even responded through the Psalmist by asking the pertinent question: “Does he who implanted the ear not hear?” (Psalm 94:9)
Great counter question! Since it was God who designed and created the ear in the first place, how is that we think he does not or cannot hear? Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it? Not only does God hear every word spoken every moment by every human being on earth, he also knows every thought and every motivation behind every thought (1 Chronicles 28:9). That’s really bad news for those who don’t want there to be a God, but very good news to those who do.
So it’s absolutely certain that God is “lending an ear” when we pray. The writer of this particular Psalm is convinced (most likely on the basis of a long experience) that God will hear him when he calls to him and that he will answer him.
Let’s join him in that conviction by shaking off the recurring fear that the heavens are silent and expect that the God who knows all there is to know is well aware of our need and hears our voice, and will fulfill his good plan and purpose for us.