Lent Devotions: Day 15
Read: Psalm 55
God Hears our Prayers
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint
and moan, and he will hear my voice. (v. 16)
Prayer is more than just a way to get what we want, and calling out in prayer to God is more than just a way to send him a message. To pray is to be in relationship with God; the one to whom we are praying. Through prayer we are able to come before God honestly and directly. The Bible assures us that God listens to our prayers and cares for us more than we will ever understand.
The awareness that God listens to us is a comforting thought. Listening seems almost a lost art in our world where busy people have a hard time slowing down enough to pay attention to what others are saying. We are too often distracted and think about what we are going to make for dinner, the email we need to respond to, or what time we need to go someplace to pick up the kids. We are so focused on our internal dialogue that we fail to really listen to one another.
As we lament to God, we are assured that God pays attention. David repeats often in the Psalms that when he cries out, God hears his voice. Having addressed God in prayer and having voiced our petitions, we can be confident that God listens to us. Today, pray knowing that you are conversing with God who loves and hears you. —Jeremy Kreuze
Prayer: Oh Lord, thank you for being a God who cares enough to truly listen.