Written by Jessica Seelye
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2
Time and time again I can list instances where I have prayed to God, and He has heard my cry. I haven’t always received the answers to my prayers the way that I had planned, but God has been faithful every single time.
When I read these two verses I hear hope. A hope that when we pray to God that He will be faithful. God hears my prayers. God hears my voice. The greatest part in all of this is that He hears you too. The writer of this Psalm is getting ready to share a testimony of how God was faithful. He isn’t just remembering a past experience when praying to God, but he is remembering a deep assurance from it that God will hear him next time as well. These verses help us see the past, the present, and the future promises of God. It’s a promise that we can pray to God because he HAS proven himself faithful in prayer. Can you hear the love of the Psalmist for God in these verses? The writer not only knows that he loves God, but he knows why he loves God so much. “When love can justify itself with a reason, it is deep, strong, and abiding.” (The Treasury of David, Charles Spurgeon)
As we continue to pray for our community, families, and the discipleship direction of our church we can rest in the promise that God is hearing our prayers. God HAS heard our prayers, and He will continue to do that moving forward. In what areas has God proven himself faithful to you? You might be in a season right now where it is really hard to see God’s faithfulness. When we pray for sick loved ones, and the answer doesn’t come out right. When we pray for a new job, and it still hasn’t happened yet. When we pray for someone with an addiction, and they are still struggling.
My challenge to you today is to look deeper. Remind yourself of where God has been faithful to you. Ask him in prayer to remind you of those areas where he has listened, and you watched him work in your life.
Prayer: Father, I love You. I love how You hear my voice. You hear my cries out to You. I love that You hear me when I don’t have the words to say. I love how You turn your ear to me. I love that I can come to You with my questions, my hurts, my praises, my sadness, my happiness, and my thoughts. Help me to see that through prayer my love for You can grow deeper, and that my thoughts and words matter to You.