Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Many people love the scripture verse Jeremiah 29:11, but then there are people like me, one of God’s intercessors, who love the verse that comes next, Jeremiah 29:12. “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.”
The Almighty God in heaven has promised us he hears us! After all the prayers I’ve prayed, this promise continues to amaze me. Who am I that the God of the Universe should listen to me? Yet, he does. Time after time, I call upon him, and he listens.
Let’s not fall into a trap here. God doesn’t say, “I will do whatever you tell me to do”. It’s easy to become quite demanding when we really want something, isn’t it? We can fall into the trap of thinking that if someone listens to us, then they will do what we wanted them to do. Listening simply means listening.
If you’re starting to feel disappointed by that, don’t. Think about the power of listening for a moment. Who is really listening to you, lately? Who loves you so much that they will listen to you whenever you need them? God is available to listen to us every moment of every day of our lives!
When we pray… he hears. I never forget that he is God. I’m reminded often that he has infinite wisdom and I am limited to finite knowledge. So, sometimes, I just sit in his presence. Other times, my words pour out in abundance in prayer. I know he listens to my words. I love that he listens to my heart.
God wants to listen to you, too, friend. I’m not sure how you feel about that. Perhaps, you don’t know what to say. Maybe, you have things to say that you’re not sure God will want to hear. He already knows your heart, so you won’t be telling him anything that will surprise him. My guess is, you’ll be the one who is surprised by what an incredible listener he is.
Before you leave the prayer, I urge you to take a moment to listen to him, too. Just open his word. God may have something to tell you. That’s the way prayer works. It’s a relationship with God.
Jacqui - One of God’s Intercessors