This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15
Both me and a friend of mine have been having some struggles with different things lately and sometimes it seems God is not even hearing our prayers because we feel there is no answer or nothing is changing. I think, though that we become impatient – much too quickly. And maybe patience is something the Lord wants to instill in us so He has us wait. Or maybe He will answer our prayers but it will be in His timing instead of our own.
What about those who are not serving the Lord? Does He hear their prayers? I wonder about this because I know that sin separates us from God. In a Bible study I am currently attending, we recently talked about King Manasseh. He was an evil man who practiced witchcraft, sacrificed his sons by throwing them in the fire and carved graven images and placed them in the temple of God. He was later taken into captivity. He had hit rock bottom and in his distress, he called out to God. Did God ignore him because of his sinfulness? No, it says that “The Lord was moved and listened to his pleas” (2 Chronicles 33:13).
I just love that story because it means if we are truly seeking the Lord, no matter how far we feel from Him, He still hears us. He will hear our prayers. As this week’s scripture states, we can have confidence when we approach Him, He will hear us.