How Do You Know God Hears You When You Pray?

When you pray,
do you know God hears you?


Or, does it feel like your prayers
just bounce off the ceiling
and back in your lap?

How can you get God’s attention?

Recently, I was speaking at back-to-back weekend women’s retreats
at a wonderful camp in the north woods of Wisconsin.

Since it was so far from home,
Mr. 4-Ever and I stayed on the property the week between retreats.

Our cabin was cozy, furnished with hand crafted furniture.
It had heated floors and hand sewn quilted bedding.

All around me I was witness to God’s creation.
The white birch trees, the blue lake, the furry critters.
It was quiet and peaceful.
A great place to get away.

Between retreats, I had some work to do.
Emails had to be answered.
Facebook memes had to be posted.
Phone calls had to be returned.

However, in the metal roofed buildings
in the middle of nowhere,
the internet was sketchy at best.
Even using the largest network service provider,
the beachball of death swirled and swirled
on the screen of my laptop.

It wasn’t until I plugged into the camp’s main internet stream
that my emails found their way to their destination
and my posts and texts were able to be sent.

I had to go to the place
where the power source was.

 

 

When you question whether or not you have God’s attention,
survey your surroundings and your heart.

Are you so entirely distracted by the world
and the work
and the million other things that
demand your attention that
you can’t sit quiet long enough to hear
God’s still small voice?

Have you been authentic with your requests?

Have you closed yourself off from hearing God
because of
unforgiveness,
resentment or
bitterness?

The Bible is pretty clear and specific that God is
everywhere and hears everything.
That’s one of his superpowers.

Throughout the OT and the NT,
we are assured of his attention.

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him,
that if we ask anything
according to his will he hears us.”
1 John 5:14 NIV

“But truly God has listened;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.”
Psalm 66:19 NIV

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 16:19  NIV

 

 

People go to temples and churches
to find holy ground where God can be heard.
The truth is you can enter into God’s presence
anytime and anywhere.
If you know Jesus as Savior,
you ARE a temple of the Lord’s.

Even if you don’t know Jesus personally yet,
you can be sure God hears your prayers.

Amazingly, even with all the holy heraldry going on in Heaven
with millions of angels praising God day and night,
and the earth moaning and groaning,
and seven billion other people on the earth chiming in,
when you call out to God,
He recognizes your voice
and you have you have His undivided attention.

Astonishing, but true.
That’s what makes him God.

You can be assured He is listening
because he loves you and
yearns to have a relationship with you.

God will settle for your obedient prayers at meals and bedtime.
But, as your creator,
He longs for you,
His creation, His child
to be connected to his heart
through prayer.

Clear some time – even just 10 minutes.
Find a quiet spot
and try your prayer again.

Let me know what happens.

Prayer: God in heaven, hear our prayers. 
Let us feel your presence. 
We want to know you better. 
Amen

13 Comments

  1. Holly nagelkerk on September 15, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Pray for me. I have a new job. I start next week or week after.

    • Robyn Dykstra on September 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Hey Holly, I do agree in prayer that this new job is good fit for you. That it’s easy to do and rewarding to see the results of your labor. I pray that the pay covers your needs and that you are recognized for your good work.

    • Aura Parks on February 27, 2022 at 7:53 pm

      Hi my name is Aura. Please please please if you have any prayer warriors on hands would you please pray that God would release my soul from spiritual prison. Spiritual bankrupt. Seven things God hates and I’m one of them. A LIAR. INTENTIONALLY IN UNINTENTIONALLY STRETCH THE TRUTH TO BE NOTICED ETC.Please pray that God will give me power to total obedience, I need two or three gathered in his name as Matthew 18:20 says. Thank you.

      • Robyn Dykstra on February 27, 2022 at 7:57 pm

        Sweet Aura, The LORD knows your heart, your desire, you weaknesses. I do pray in agreement with you to know you are loved and the apple of God’s eye. I’m pryaing Ps 34:4-8 for you …
        4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
        he delivered me from all my fears.
        5 Those who look to him are radiant;
        their faces are never covered with shame.
        6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
        he saved him out of all his troubles.
        7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
        and he delivers them.

        8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
        blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

      • Aura Parks on February 27, 2022 at 8:09 pm

        Lord! I got the ladies name wrong! Its Robyn! I’m sorry. Robin. Robyn. STILL PLEASE PRAY FOR ME.. SORRY ABOUT THE MIX UP ON YOUR NAME. PLEASE FORGIVE ME. AURA.

      • Aura Parks on March 9, 2022 at 10:01 am

        Thank you for the scripture and your reply. God bless you always!

  2. Holly nagelkerk on September 15, 2017 at 1:55 am

    The job is cleaning medical building.

  3. Dianna on September 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    A beautiful reminder to take everything to Him at all times but with the respect and adoration He doesn’t demand, but more than deserves!

  4. Lahoma on May 19, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    I need help with my relationship. I love a man that I mistreats and call him out his name. That I have done to many times and asked forgiveness from him. I just want him to listens to me in give me a chance without him saying how many chances do you get from me.

  5. Eva Sarah Fransisco on April 3, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Good morning and I’m a Christian but I need prayer I’m addicted to Porn and I’m about to get into a same sex relationship. Please help

  6. Carol on February 15, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    I have been praying for healing of diabetes for years. I need prayers that this request be answered. I have prayed so long for this healing I don’t know what else to do. Please pray for me. In Jesus name?

    • Robyn Dykstra on February 16, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Yes, Carol. I agree in Jesus name for your healing.

      • Carol Hemsey on February 16, 2022 at 5:34 pm

        Thank You
        May God Bless You and answer all your prayers??

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