Every now and again, I’m a great listener. Then there are times I can be a good hearer…and that’s not always a good thing. Have you ever had one of those friends that can’t multitask but still try while you’re talking to them? Then you ask them their opinion and you realized they weren’t listening but they heard you? I’m guilty. I can be that friend at times, but I’m learning to stop what I’m doing and be a good listener, not just a hearer. I’m sure you would find it annoying to repeat yourself more than once. Besides, there’s only one person I know that can multitask and be great a listener at the same time and that’s Jesus.
When I pray and I just need God to intervene, I say things like, “Lord, give ear to my prayers”, “Father, hear my cry this morning” or “Father, I know you’re listening”. Here on earth, just hearing someone talk is not the same as listening. However, when it comes to communicating with our Heavenly Father, He desires to engage in conversation with you. He wants to sit on the throne of your heart and listen to your problems. He wants to hear your voice. When I think about the words “Listen” and “Hear”, there’s a distinct difference between the two.
Listening is when someone is giving ear to what you’re saying with purpose; they are giving you attention (by also studying your intention).
Hearing is to be aware of a sound or noise; putting your ears to use.
These definitions are so rich because the way God works through them is beautiful. In 1 John 5:14 AMPC version, it says, “And this is the confidence which we have in Him; that if we ask anything according to His will, He listens to and hears us”.
To know that the Lord finds our prayer requests so valuable is already a great thing. Not only does He find it valuable but we have His undivided attention every time we pour our hearts out in prayer. To be even more specific, He listens and hears the quick prayers we say before we go to work, the ones we say as we’re falling asleep and never finish, the long prayers we say when we finally make time for Him and the prayers we don’t feel like praying but we do it anyway. Remember that our prayers are not in vain; even when we don’t have any words to say, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Even in those moments our Heavenly Father hears those groans (Romans 8:26). Let’s not forget that God sent His only son to die for us, tore the veil that separated us from Him, and gave us His spirit so we don’t have to feel like we serve a God that’s far away. (Acts 17:24 and John 14:15-17 ) Who do you know would sacrifice their life just to hear your voice?
If you’ve ever felt like God is not listening because you’re not seeing your prayers being answered, please know He is listening with purpose and intent to see you through. He hears the tone in your voice, the cries before the words, the groans, and the silence. He knows the condition of your heart as you pour it all out. So before you believe that God is distant or ignoring you, always remember that He can both listen and hear you, no matter what you’re going through. Even in your silence, He understands.
I pray that in your quite time with God, that your heart and mind is in a position to receive Him. I pray that you can quite your racing thoughts, doubts, and worries for a few minutes to hear from God. I pray that even in your silence or as you speak to the Lord that remember He’s listening and He hears you. Lastly, I pray that you always remember the kind of God you serve and always know that He will never leave nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). It’s when we forget the kind of God we serve, is when we lose sight of what He has done and what He can do. That’s when the enemy makes us feel that God is distant when He’s closer than we think. Stay close 💕
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.