“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer….” 1 Peter 3:12a
There was the answer I had been longing to hear. Someone was listening and had been all along. The Lord has His ears bent towards His children. He hears our whispers. In His omniscience, He is not ignorant of all the other voices, however, He also is in tune with my voice as if mine is the only one. As I soaked in this sweet truth I felt hope return. What a privilege to know that my voice has a 24-hour audience with the King of Kings.
How often do we minimize the immense power and purpose of our prayer lives? In the midst of all the upheaval that is encompassing us, we need to hold fast to these verses:
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
This verse uses the word confidence. Though we may be fearful today to even speak to our neighbor about the things we see flashing in front of us, we need never be afraid to utter our thoughts and feelings to our God. When we are claiming His promises, holding onto His truth, and believing in His sovereignty, we are confident that we are on solid footing with Him.
I love the word incline in this verse. The definition of incline is: to feel willing or favorably disposed toward an action, belief, or attitude. Just take a moment to soak that in. The Creator God feels a willingness to bend His ear to His feeble and finite creation. He displays a favorability towards me, His child, whenever I call Him. In a world where our voice may be just another in the drowning crowd, that is not at all the way our God feels. He is disposed to hear only me. What a compelling truth that should keep us calling to Him at every turn, in every season.
In our world today, our voices may take a back seat in the culture for now. But we can rest in the reality that the One who is listening to us has an eternal viewpoint that transcends all the turmoil and division. We have a place to be heard. Now more than ever we need to bend His ear and call out with regularity on behalf of our culture, nation, children, churches, neighbors, and a lost world.
What have you been bending God's ear about lately?
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