Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. Psalm 61:1
Being heard is something that most people desire of others. When someone has something to say, he wants others to hear what it is he has to say. What is being said can change from time to time. One time it is information, while the next time it is a request.
Regardless of what the person has to say, he wants to be heard.
However, in order for a person to be heard, he must speak up. He must let his voice and desires be made known, so that others can hear it. If he does not speak up, no one will know what he has to say.
The method of speaking up can be one of many different ways. It can be in person, on a phone, video chat, social media, written words, or one of many other ways.
David wants to be heard from God. He had been dealing with some troubling times and so he cried out to God. David spoke to God through prayer to tell God something.
Prayer is just calling on God, talking to God. Unlike trying to talk to someone on this earth, God is always available and can always hear a person speak. There is no waiting time for God to get the message, it is always instant.
There are many believers who wish or hope that God would do something in a situation, but don’t take the time to talk to God about it. They do not call out to God.
Some do not believe that God hears them or even will acknowledge them. They feel as if they are a nobody or their situation is not ‘important’ enough for God to take the time to listen.
God is always waiting to hear from His children. All one has to do is talk–pray.
Every time that you take a moment to talk with God, He is listening. This is prayer. It does not have to be something complex or long, but can be very short and simple. God will hear your prayer.
However, in order for Him to hear you, you must talk to Him. Call out to Him with everything on your heart. This can be in times of rejoicing or in times of need. God wants to hear it all.
Take time to talk to God today. Let Him know what is on your heart and mind. He is listening.
I pray today that you will talk to God daily; that you will know God hears you; that you will know God loves you; that you will not fear bringing any thought to God; and that you will go to God first in every situation.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
Having to wait is something that is seen everywhere one has to go. One has to wait in traffic, wait in lines in the stores and often, even in the banks. Waiting in line at a restaurant or waiting for the food. At home people are waiting for a check to be deposited, waiting for someone to get home, waiting for an answer to something, waiting for the computer to start up.
Waiting is extremely common. Some will wait patiently, but many will get agitated or angry with the waiting. They want things right away. Things can never be fast enough.
David said that he waited patiently for the Lord to answer him. God did turn and listen to his cry.
Waiting is no different for believers. They cry out to God for an answer and then have to wait for Him to answer them. In the mind of the person, the situation is critical with no time to waste. The answer is needed right away, yet, God does not always answer right away.
This is where waiting patiently comes in. This shows that the believer is trusting God and His timing. It is letting go of the situation and letting God have complete control, whether it feels like God is in control or not.
As one is waiting patiently, there is no anxiety or worries. There is no fear or anger. He does not allow himself to shut down and try to get off the roller coaster of life. It is continuing to move forward in life worshipping and serving God and doing what one can do. It is knowing that God will answer at the perfect time, in His own way.
There will be times in your life when you are going to go through a struggle that appears to be overwhelming you. You will be crying out to God for help or direction. As you cry out, it is silent. God does not immediately answer your call for help.
You have two options, you can be scared and angry at God, or you can wait patiently knowing He knows what is best. Waiting patiently removes all stress and fear. It is trusting God completely in the situation and waiting for His answer.
God will always answer you in the best way at the perfect time. Wait patiently for that answer.
I pray today that you will seek God in every situation; that you will trust God’s answer to every situation; that God will fill you with His peace; and that you will be patient in waiting for God’s answer.
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6
In calling on someone, there is always an expectation of what will happen. That expectation is that that the person will hear and respond. The methods of calling on someone usually by phone or in person, though there can be many other methods of calling. Regardless of the method of calling a person, the expectation is the same, hearing and response.
Although one may call upon someone, that person does not always hear. There can be too much noise to be able to hear. Or they may be too busy to stop and hear that they are being called. With cell phones today, there may be times when the person is in a ‘no service’ area and never know they missed the call.
Response does not always occur, because they didn’t know they were called, or they don’t know what to say.
David is calling out to God because He knows God will answer him. He asks God to listen and answer his prayer.
While people may get a busy signal or not even hear that they have a call, God always hears every call. Any time a person calls out to God, whether a believer or not, He hears it immediately. There is no waiting, or busy line.
God will also always answer a person. That answer will always be along the line of ‘no’, ‘wait’, or ‘yes’. He never ignores the person calling out to Him. In fact, God loves it when His children call to Him. He is a Father who wants to be involved in the lives of His children. In order to do that, they must be willing to talk to Him.
Although you may no longer have parents or they may not want to talk with you, God is willing to listen and talk with you. He is waiting by the phone waiting for you to call Him up.
The great thing about calling out to God, there is no ‘no service’ area. There is no busy signal. There is no ‘business is closed’ message. There is no answering service. You do not need a cell phone or some other electronic device.
God is as near as your voice can speak. He is right there beside you waiting for a call from you. Call on Him today and He will hear and answer you.
I pray today that you will call to God everyday; that you will hear God’s voice when He speaks to you; that you will know God is listening to you; that you will know God will always answer you; and that you will know the joy of talking to God.