If you’re like me, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the fact that God answers prayers.
You simply pray.
“Lord, please help this situation. Please meet my needs. Please help this person.”
I lift my prayers to God without much thought as to what he might actually do in response to those prayers. I don’t consider the outcome of prayer very often. I tend to treat prayer as a checklist of things I need to ask God before I get on with my day. Or I treat prayer as a last resort, after I’ve tried everything else.
As I’ve thought about this recently, I’ve been increasingly convinced that this attitude in prayer actually hinders me. It keeps me from praying bold, strong prayers of faith.
The failure to ponder the fact that God answers prayers leads to me praying pedestrian prayers that aren’t particularly passionate or faith-filled.
If I’m going to pray big, audacious, massive prayers, I need to reckon with the stunning, breath-taking fact that God answers prayers.
And it really is a stunning, breath-taking thing.
Holy, Holy, Holy
Consider who God actually is. He is the Holy One. Omnipotent. Almighty. The One who created all things. The One who keeps the planets in orbit and keeps the stars alight.
He knows how many grains of sand there are on every beach. Every animal and insect and fish is sustained by him. If He did not hold all things together, the universe would simply unravel.
Speaking of Jesus, Hebrews 1:3 says, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.”
Did you catch that? Jesus upholds the entire universe. If he stopped doing so, the universe would cease to exist. Planets would dissolve and the sun would go dark. Jesus is the universe keeper.
Isaiah 40:15 says, “Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales…”
The greatest, most powerful nations are like a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the power of God. They are like dust on the scales, amounting to almost nothing.
Ponder that for a second. The greatest superpowers in the world, the one’s with the biggest armies and largest budgets, are nothing compared to the living God we serve. God raises up and brings down presidents and kings and queens. He establishes nations and brings them to dust.
Proverbs 21:1 puts it this way, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”
Even the most powerful rulers in the universe are like a stream of water in the Lord’s hand. He uses kings to accomplish his purposes and achieve his ends.
When Isaiah came face-to-face with God in Isaiah 6, he was so overwhelmed with the glory of God that he cried out, “Woe is me!” He simply could not stand before the blazing brightness of God’s infinite glory.
This is our God. As C.S. Lewis put it so aptly in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, he is not safe but he is good. God is staggeringly, overwhelmingly holy. He is infinite in power, bursting with glory. Nothing can compare to him. No one is greater or better than him.
God Answers Prayers
Now let’s freshly ponder the fact that God answers prayers.
This infinite, almighty God bends his ear to us and hears our prayers. He hears when we cry out to him. He hears our groans and our struggles and frustrations and fears.
And he doesn’t just hear our prayers, he actually responds to them.
Let this truth wash over you afresh.
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He does not turn a deaf ear to our prayers. He’s not too busy running the universe to respond to us.
Rather, as a loving father, he bends down and does great things in response to our prayers. Yes, he is the King of Kings. But he is our King of Kings. We call him, “Father,” and he has made us his children.
Just as I love to answer the requests of my children, so God answers prayers.
Thomas Watson said, “Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts His heart.”
Do you believe that? Do you believe that your prayers delight God’s ear and melt his heart. Do you believe that God is eagerly waiting for you to bring your every request to him?
In 1 Peter 5:6-7 we read, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Don’t try to carry your burdens by your own strength. Rather, cast them all upon the Lord. Lay them all at his feet. Let your mighty, holy, infinite God carry them. He is more than able to handle the burdens that we carry.
Everything By Prayer
Aren’t you glad that God answers prayers? It really does change EVERYTHING. We can bring every struggle, every burden, every heavy weight to him, knowing that our great God can and will handle them.
John Wesley said, “God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.”
Don’t hold on to any burden. Bring them all to God. Lay them at his feet.
Because God answers prayers.