November 8, 2017 by maryruwe
Just like you I have situations and people in my life that I pray for. I pray for myself too. Some situations are more major than others but all are important to us and to God too. We need to have confidence that God hears us when we cry out to Him for help. We especially need that confidence when the answers don’t come as quickly as we’d like. We must fight the temptation of doubt and fear. God understands so take courage and believe that God cares for you and hears your cries for help.
Doubts come because of fear; fear that God won’t hear our cry for help. However, we know from Second Timothy 1:7 that God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. Romans 8:15 tells us that fear is bondage. Since the battles of fear and doubt occur in our mind we need to understand how to combat wrong thoughts that come to us. Second Corinthians 10:5 instructs us to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring those thoughts into obedience to Christ.
Jesus fought those battles by speaking the Word of God. He quoted the Old Testament Scriptures; the only Scriptures available to Him at that time since the New Testament had not been written! But we also have the New Testament Word of God to use in our battles. We can be assured that God hears us and He has all the answers to any and every situation and problems we may face. We must follow Jesus’ example when we are faced with difficult situations, problems, and temptations. (Matthew 4:1-10) We must know the Word of God well enough to say, “It is written – ” and quote the Scripture that deals with that situation. It takes discipline to follow Jesus’ example but it isn’t hard to do.
I’m not sure about you but I pray some in the morning before I get out of bed as well as at night before I fall to sleep. When I awoke up a couple of days ago I heard the Spirit of the Lord say, “I hear your cries for help”. If He hears my cries then He also hears your cries for help. This got me to thinking about what kind of cry do we have that reaches God.
God hears our cries when we call out for mercy. His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting and endures forever. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. (Psalm 103:17, 106:1, 145:8) God is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loves us. (Ephesians 2:4) We are to keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:21)
God hears our cries when we call to Him with a repentant heart. Mark 1:15 teaches us that we are to repent and believe the Gospel. God blots out our sins when we repent, and gives us times of refreshing. (Acts 3:19) But not just at the time of conversion – when we accepted Jesus as Savior – but also at any time we need to repent of a wrong we did. He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) God does not want any to perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)
God hears our cries when we incline our heart to Him. When we incline our heart to His Word and delight in them then we will walk in the path of His commandments. We are to turn our eyes away from worthless things and be revived in His Way. (Psalm 119:36-37) We accomplish walking in His Way by giving attention to His Words and keep them in the midst of our heart because His Word is life unto us. (Proverbs 4:20-23)
God hears our cries of our effectual prayers. James 5:16 tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Effectual means that it produces the intended effect. Fervent is when we have great intensity of feeling or very passionate about something. So when we pray according the Word of God with intensity and fervency, our prayer will be effective, our faith is strengthened, and we can be confident that God hears us and will come to our rescue. (John 14:13-14)
God hears our cries when we seek Him. It doesn’t matter what we need in this life: finances, healing, clothing, or a job, if we seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, all these things shall be added unto us. He will supply all our needs. (Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31, Philippians 4:19) Seeking God will cause us to search our heart to make sure that we are obeying Him completely in every area of our life.
A life of submission is a result of seeking God. A life of submission brings the blessings of God to us.