Praying We Are Heard

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“Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord."  2 Kings 20:5

Have you ever been deeply engrossed in an activity when your child tries to interrupt you?

"Mom … Mom … Mom …"

"Dad … Daddy …"

They might tug at your sleeve or stick something in front of your face to get your attention. They will call and call and call ….

It might even be your pet desiring your attention!  (My cat lies down on my keyboard!)

I don't like interruptions.  When I'm concentrating fully, it aggravates me to be pulled from whatever I am doing.  Waking me from a nap often has the same effect.

And while I don't watch the TV series "Family Guy," my kids shared this part of a cartoon with me (nothing off-color here!)

Link for my email friends.

I know I am not at my finest during these times.

I think, at the root of this, is the fact that, even as adults, we long to be heard.  

Have you ever walked away from a conversation where you wondered if the person at all got what you were trying to say?  I think we can feel much like that child who is unheard (but far more persistent!).

These words from 2 Kings are reassuring to me.

God tells us that He does hear our prayers.

I know I've been writing a lot about prayer lately.  I guess it is something that has become a focal point for me - the importance of our prayer life.

I try to pray daily.  I have a list of people whose requests I have deigned to pray for.  Yet, truth be told, sometimes it feels rote.  Empty.  I wonder if God is even listening.

How much difference it makes in my prayer time, when I feel assured that God IS listening to me.

The outcomes, as I have written the past few days, are in God's hands.  But what a reassurance it is to know that God is listening.  That He cares.

Many are time times that all I can do is pray.  Whether because of my challenges, or distance or so many other things.  Praying is the thing I can do.  

And I just worded it incorrectly … it is not "all I can do."  It is not the "only" thing I can do.

(And I know I am repeating myself here - but the repetition is aimed at myself, too!)

It is the most important thing I can do.

And my prayers will be heard.

So will yours.

Father God, Once again I am thankful for the opportunity that you have given us to come before your throne with our words.  You created the world by the spoken word.  There is power in words.  Your Holy Scripture attests to that.  I pray that we will come to see prayer as the most important thing we can do … and come away knowing deep in our hearts that we have been heard. Amen and amen.

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