Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

God Hears

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We are really enjoying this resource around our dinner table a few times per week. Just to tempt you to try it out yourself, let me share a  the reading from tonight, June 10th. 

From the Bible:

Philippians 4:6
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Hebrews 5:7
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 6:2
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

Nancy Guthrie writes:

Have you ever tried to tell a family member or friend something important, but you could tell that person really wasn't listening to you? Maybe he or she nodded and said, "Uh-huh," but you knew you weren't really getting through. 

Sometimes we feel that way when we pray. We wonder if God is listening. We don't just wonder if he hears the words we say; we also wonder if he sees how we hurt, what we want, what we need. 

God is never too busy to listen to you. He's never too distracted to really hear you. And he's always able to truly understand what we say to him. In fact, when we stop pretending and are just ourselves with him - when we're real about our sin, our needs, our struggles to share our concerns with him - he bends down to listen to us. 

So when it feels like God is not listening to your prayer, you have to tell yourself that it is just a feeling that isn't true. You can always be confident that God can hear you, even when it doesn't feel like it. 

Discussion starters:

  • How do you know when someone is really listening to you?
  • Do you think there is anything that could cause God not to hear our prayers? 
  • What do you think God wants to hear most from his children? 

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