O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! Psalm 141:1-2
God continually calls His people to pray. In our opening scripture, David calls upon God to respond.
I love his candor with the God who loves him. Hasten to me!
I want to have that kind of faith when I approach His throne. Don’t you? David confidently asked God to come near, full of expectation that he would be heard. Then he asked Him to open His ear to his voice.
Why is that significant?
John 9:31 reveals an important truth.
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
David confidently asked God to respond to him because he knew he had God’s ear. Do you, dear one?
If you’re not certain, we just read the qualifications describing one God listens to: anyone who worships God and does His will.
You and I want God to hear our prayers, beloved. More than that, we desperately need Him to—far more than we realize. But John 9:31 brings up an important point we often overlook.
God doesn’t listen to every prayer.
I know. Making a statement like that seems scandalous. It doesn’t sit well with our cozy view of grace. But God’s word remains true—all of it, not just portions of it. And scripture undeniably declares, God does not hear us all.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2
You’ll notice the problem is not that God can’t hear. But there are times when He chooses not to.
So why would God choose not to hear His own children? 2 Timothy 2:11-13 offers some insight.
The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.
Beloved, if you and I live our lives denying Jesus, His word declares that He will also deny us.
Perhaps I’ve lost your attention because you feel those words don’t apply to you. But I’m not talking about denying that Jesus is the Son of God. I’m talking about the decisions we make every day that either deny or acknowledge Him.
Let’s be honest. Many of us cheerfully associate ourselves with Jesus’ name. But when He calls us to actually live our faith through obedience, we deny Him.
• When His Spirit prompts us to forgive, we deny Him by embracing bitterness.
• When He invites us to walk in holiness, we deny Him by choosing the ways of the world.
• When He calls us into His presence, we deny Him the time.
Then we wonder why He doesn’t seem to bless our prayers.
If we deny Him, He will also deny us.
Beloved, God will never empower disobedience and idolatry. We cannot expect Him to unleash heaven’s blessing upon us while our choices deny His leadership over us.
And that, dear one, is why David had God’s ear. Listen to God’s description of him.
“I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”
God’s ear tunes to the sounds of the godly. Let’s put it another way.
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Do you want God to hear you, dear one? Listen to Him. Choose to live in agreement with His Word. Seek Him in the secret place to discern what He is speaking. And then follow where He leads—in every area of your life.
You and I can’t expect God to listen to us while we refuse to listen to Him. But when we seek to live according to His will, His promises abound.
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:3