Jeremiah 29:12 — “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you” (NIV).
Have you ever tried to speak to someone, and you knew they weren’t listening to you? Sure you have, and you’re probably as annoyed by it as I am. It’s even more aggravating when you are conveying important information or trying to give someone specific instructions.
My wife and I have two boys. I’m almost positive they have a built-in mechanism that blocks out the sound of our voices, especially when we ask them to clean up. Sometimes it feels like we’re talking to a couple of brick walls. Other times we know they hear us, but our words go in one ear and out the other. If you have children, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
We don’t ever have to worry about this issue when it comes to speaking to God. If there is a communication gap between us and God, He is never the one at fault. He is always listening, but we have to speak to Him in order to be heard. And the times it seems like He’s not paying attention, we very well could be praying contrary to His will.
Another thing I’ve found annoying in conversation is when I’m talking and the other person stares a hole through my head with his mouth hanging open. Nobody wants to talk to a robot. Most people want to be engaged in conversation; they’re not interested in giving a monologue to a person who could care less. When somebody actually participates and listens to you, it reinforces that they care about you. What you have to say is important to him or her.
Be sure of this: When you pray according to God’s will, He actively listens. He may not always act or respond the way you want Him to, but I guarantee He hears you every time.
1 John 5:14 — This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (NIV).
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