Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. Daniel 10:12 (NIV).
God hears us even when we don’t speak with Him.
Yesterday, I sat by on a plane between two guys who put both of their pieces of luggage in the overhead bin on a full flight; this is one of my pet peeves. One of them was later quite rude to the woman who sat between us. I said a prayer for him anyway. I know God heard me then.
Or when I prayed before a test. When I talked with God in a traffic jam. Those times I was terrified because I knew I was getting laid off or fired. The countless times when I really didn’t know what to say to God, felt awkward talking with Him, was ashamed, or thought about it but didn’t end up praying at all. God heard all of them. It’s the thought that counts.
Not mine: His. He’s God and I’m not. You aren’t. Whenever we let ourselves think of Him, He hears us. Granted, God knows ahead of time even what we’re going to think and say, and He hears us still. Yet when we truly set our minds to Him, it is we, not He, who are finally moving int the right direction. He’s already there. His thoughts and His Word are so much bigger than us. We matter to Him, but He matters so much more than we do. Thus, when we finally “get on His level,” it’s us who have moved back to Him, not He who has (once again) moved closer to us. It’s because we’re the ones who originally moved away yet, all along, He heard our hearts and waited for us anyway.
A few years back, my pastor preached about the fall of man. In Eden, after Adam and Eve had first sinned, God asked “where are you?” It wasn’t God walking through the garden and being unable to find His creation. Instead, God was calling to man, asking him to self-reflect and repent because God had already seen and heard what had happened. When Adam and Eve finally answered, God taught, and administered love and justice.
If He heard them, He hears us today. It’s because He esteems us. It’s because He’s God. It’s because of Jesus. It can happen for you right now.
For further reading: Genesis 3:9, Leviticus 16:31, Isaiah 65:44, Matthew 14:27, Daniel 10:12
Lord, all praise to You now. Hear me as I pray this to You.
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