The God Who Hears

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Prayer

 

O Thou Who dost hear prayer (Psalm 65:2),

 

How can this be? You, the Creator of the Universe, hear my prayer. No matter what my concerns or how inefficiently I utter them, You hear my prayer (Psalm 17:6). “Call to Me,” You command, “so that I can rescue you” (Psalm 50:15). “Call to Me,” You encourage, “and I will answer you and tell you great and mighty things which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). “Ask anything, using My Name, and I will do it” (John 14:14). You empower me boldly with everything I need pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

 

My only part is to believe. And yet I falter and tremble and hesitate.

 

Maybe my problem is that I am trying to believe in the miracle or the healing. But that’s not what I’m called to do, is it? I’m called to simply believe in You (John 11:25-26). Whether my requests are for my family, my future or my friends  — my prayer must focus on the Person, not the predicament. You O Lord, are the place where my faith must rest. Upon You, the Who, not the what. “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God” (John 11:27). And because I believe in the Who rather than the what, I CAN have great faith because greater is He Who is within me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

 

I lift up my eyes to the mountains, wondering where help will come from. But I realize that help won’t be in the form of prescriptions or politicians; in pay checks or paid vacations. No, my help will always and only come from just one source — and that Source is You (Psalm 121:1-2).

 

I can faith You with the ICU. I can faith You despite the grief. I can faith You in the midst of fear. For even when I am faithless, You remain faithful (2 Timothy 2:13)! Hallelujah! You promise to accomplish what concerns me (Psalm 138:8). I will believe. You promise to strengthen and protect me from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3). I do believe. May it be done according to my faith, not according to my doubt (Matthew 9:29).

 

O Lord, increase my faith (Luke 17:5). Show me more of Your resplendent glory, so that I can be enlarged to believe in You more (Exodus 33:18). I lie exhausted in Your faithfulness. Selah.

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