Did God Tell Me That?: Discerning God’s Voice

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How do I know if God is the One speaking to me?

Is it His voice I’m hearing?

Or others?

Or just my own?

How do I know the difference?

There are many instances I’ve struggled to know if I’m hearing from God or not.

There are times when I am confident in what the Lord is telling me and I know it is Him….

But there have been times when I’ve questioned if it’s really His voice…

And I get confused. My mind is bombarded with too many thoughts.

I know I’m not the only one.

I’ve talked to countless people who also wrestle with discerning the difference between God’s voice and their own…God’s voice and other voices…God’s voice and people’s voices.

So this is an important topic to address.

We can’t always silence the other influences in our lives: friends, family, media, readings, church, the world, etc.

But we can change the volume on these voices.

My prayer is that God’s voice would be the loudest voice you hear. 

May we give God full attention and the highest volume to speak to us.

Reading through Romans 8 we can see how the duality of the spirit and the flesh plays a part in our ability to hear from God.

For if we desire to hear from God, we can only hear Him through the indwelling Holy Spirit that lives within us, sent by Jesus after He left the earth.

We cannot hear from God through our flesh.

It’s not possible.

So I want us to look at this passage and embrace what it means to live by the Spirit and not the flesh, so that we can live in the sweet spot of discerning God’s voice.

 

“There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according the Spirit set their minds on things of the Spirit.

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.”

Romans 8:1-9

 

Look at the contrasting terms “Spirit” and “flesh.”

Throughout this passage, Paul declares that the flesh leads to death and the spirit leads to life. Yet He also declares that through Christ, we no longer live according to our flesh. Now, we live according to the Spirit. And the Spirit gives us life and peace. It leads us. It guides us.

And if we are in Christ, we possess the Holy Spirit!

We have way more assurance than we realize when it comes to hearing God’s voice.

Why?

Because hearing God’s voice requires the Holy Spirit.

And anyone following Jesus has the Holy Spirit living within! The Holy Spirit overpowers the flesh, so that we operate according to how the Spirit of Christ leads us not the flesh.

In verse 7, Paul says that a mind set on the flesh is hostile to God. The flesh does not want to hear from God.

A mind that is hostile to God is never seeking to hear God’s voice.

That’s just not a priority of the flesh.

My flesh wants what I want not what God wants.

Recognizing this is important!

Because… if I desire to hear God’s voice, then I know I’m not operating according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Thus… if I am operating according to the Spirit in seeking to hear from God, then I can be sure that God will speak to me through His Spirit in return.

But what if I am seeking by the Spirit to hear from God but then my own thoughts get in the way and I confuse my own thoughts as God’s voice?

Throughout my years following the Lord and seeking to hear His voice, though I still struggle, what I am learning is there are CONSISTENT INDICATORS in 1) hearing God’s voice or 2) misinterpreting another voice for God’s that is not God.

→ If you’re unsure if the Lord is truly speaking to you in any way, filter it through this list of indicators to discern if it in fact lines up with indicators of God’s voice:

If it’s another voice (flesh) and not God’s voice, here are some possible indicators:

Convenient for me

It all makes sense

Doesn’t stretch my faith

Something I would normally think or do

Beneficial for me and no one else

May or may not contradict scripture

Seeks my own interest

Absence of fear

Absence of passion

Grants dissatisfaction and leaves you feeling empty

 

If it’s God’s voice (Spirit), here are some possible indicators:

Challenging for me

May be convicting

Beneficial to others besides myself

An opportunity to bless

Seeks others interests above my own

May be inconvenient for me

Grows me spiritually

Lines up with scripture

May seem odd

Requires more faith

Contradicts the way I would have done it

Evokes fear

Stirs passion

Grants peace and fulfilment at the moment of obedience

 

*And when in doubt: God’s voice always seeks to make us more like Christ.

 

GOOD NEWS: If you are following Jesus, your mind will be set on things of the Spirit! Romans 8:9 declares this!

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.” –Romans 8:9

Romans 8 promises us this!

This is an indicator to you and I that we are doing better than we think we are.

You can hear God’s voice.

His voice is not trying to trick you into thinking it’s your own voice.

He wants to speak to you and help you know for sure that it’s Him.

I get so doubtful of myself and my ability to hear God but I forget that I really am trying to do so and my desire is to hear Him above all else.

Therefore, if that really is my desire, I can trust that God will set my mind on things of the Spirit and He will speak to me.

I way more have assurance than I realize.

So do you.

If you really do want to hear from God, He will speak to you and you will hear His voice.

Why would the God who gave us the Holy Spirit to indwell us not want you to hear from Him? It’s absolutely certain that He will. But you must fertilize and grow your own relationship with the Lord, because as you get to know Him better you learn how to hear from Him and His voice becomes more familiar. It’s just like any other relationship. It requires time, commitment and learning about the other.

I do believe though that when we are in the New Heaven and New Earth with Jesus that we will get to see how God was leading us and speaking to us way more than we ever realized. Looking back at our lives, we will be able to see clearly how powerful God’s voice was to guide us along the journeys of life He planned for each of us. There is so much here on earth that we cannot see and cannot comprehend.

But while we are here, I know God wants to lead us by His voice.

However, another potential struggle might arise when you have heard clearly from God but over time you start to doubt the actual content of what He told you.

Have you ever become discouraged about something God told you because it’s not happening?

Or confused because it seems crazy?

For me, it’s extremely difficult when things I’ve heard from the Lord and am confident about start to become questionable. Possibly out of lack of fruition of what God spoke, not seeming ideal for me, things not looking the way I thought they should look, not turning out how I thought it would, etc. I’ll think, Did You really tell me that Lord? I thought You did…and You really are leading me in this direction…but now with the way things are looking in my life, I’m not so sure. Maybe it wasn’t You. Maybe it was just my own thoughts. And discouragement layers on top of confusion.

When this happens…

you must STOP thinking and asking questions.

RETURN to what God FIRST told you.

FILTER what He told you through the list I mentioned above on how to tell if it’s God’s voice or not.

And if it LINES UP with the characteristics of God’s voice, then you know what you do?

You keep MOVING FORWRD in FAITH.

It’s not going to be easy. But most of the time, the things God speaks never are easy. It’s called SPIRITUALLY CHALLENGING for a reason.

ELIMINATE your EXPECTATIONS that you are going to be able to understand it all.

DECIDE if you want to OBEY the Word that you know God has spoken to you.

ONLY YOU can decide.

LOOK at JESUS, not your circumstances.

TRUST the Lord.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” –Hebrews 11:6

Still, you can hear from God, be certain that you have heard from Him and thus obey, and you still will wrestle with questions and confusion at times while navigating this whole journey of life with God.

Hearing from the Lord is a constant dialogue not a final answer.

We do not go to God to just get a yes or no.

We go to Him to talk to Him and communicate with Him, to be led by Him and walk with Him, and to grow closer to Him like we would in any real relationship with another person.

God wants to lead us step by step not leave us with an answer key to everything for our lives.

He wants to be involved.

And we grow more this way.

Going back to Romans 8, we know that there is a war between the flesh and the Spirit.

So this constant dialogue if often interrupted by other voices such as ourselves, other people, pop culture, temptation and so on.

But Jesus is stronger.

With Christ’s indwelling Spirit living within us, we always have power to live a life in the sweet spot of discerning God’s voice.

I pray for you and I that we would know how to recognize God’s voice and His leading. I pray that we would let Him lead us every single day. I pray we would be in constant communication with Him. I pray we would believe God’s voice even when it stretches our faith. A life following Christ often costs more than we bargain for. But we will discover riches far greater than anything we could ever even fathom if we just trust Him! One day we will reign forever with Jesus and every struggle on this earth will be worth it. May faith abound to you. May trust increase in your heart. May peace overflow. May fulfillment overflow. May we yield to God through His Holy Spirit in all that we do. Thank You, Jesus, for wanting to speak to us.

May God’s voice be the loudest voice you hear.

 

“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.” – John 16:13

 

 

Questions for Today:

  • What are the indicators that what I’m hearing is God’s voice?
  • What are the indicators that what I’m hearing is not God’s voice?
  • How do the Spirit and the flesh impact my ability to hear from God?
  • Why does God want to lead us step by step?
  • When I doubt what God told me, what should I do?
  • Am I in constant dialogue with God? What can I do to be in better communication with the Lord?

 

“Never Alone” by Hillsong Young and Free

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

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Lately God has been reminding me of the power of prayer and boldness to believe He can move. To believe that He hears me. To believe that He wants good things for me. To fight for what He is cultivating. To ask.

Growing up with so many different philosophies circulating the church about prayer and what is okay to ask God and what’s not okay to ask God, I’ve often felt conflicted in the past when talking to God about things that I want.

I used to feel uncomfortable asking God for something.

I was afraid to ask.

I felt that asking God for something was too much for Him to handle, or indicative of Him not being enough, or an immature habit. I didn’t want any of those things to be true of me. So I would refrain from asking. I would convince myself that I was okay with whatever He did and that I didn’t need to ask Him for anything more than what He had already given me.

But I’ve been learning just how shallow that theology is. It’s not biblical. It’s not true.

John 16:24 say this, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete” (emphasis mine).

What an encouragement.

God wants us to ask.

God wants us to talk to Him just like we do in any relationship and that involves asking Him things. He wants us to ask Him for things. God wants us to partner with Him in demonstrating our acknowledgement of Him as the giver and us as the receiver. It’s an important element of our relationship with Him. Humbling ourselves to ask even when we fear that it may not be answered the way we expect.

I really believe God wants to blow our minds by how boldly He will answer if we would be bold enough to ask.

I love the woman in the gospels who boldly approaches Jesus, just hoping to touch his robe. She knows that if she can touch even the hem of His robe then she will be healed. Boldness. Audacity. Faith. And she is healed. Jesus moves. Jesus responds. Jesus heals.

I used to assume that praying for things that I wanted was bad. That wanting things offended God and made me a useless lover.

But nothing could be further from the truth!

God does want to bless us!

He’s showing me that it actually brings Him pleasure to bless us! It makes Him happy.

God has started showing me this in many ways the past year.

When I was at home for Christmas break, I was watching a special on the E! channel for Jason Kennedy and Lauren Scruggs’ wedding. I know, I know…the E! channel. The same channel that graced us with the Kardashians. It caught my attention. And as I watched this wedding, many pastors I know of that are influential were there including Matt Chandler. He was the one performing the wedding ceremony ironically. As the ceremony continued I was getting a little upset watching it. Feeling suspicious. Feeling discouraged. Was all of this really real or just for TV? But I couldn’t turn the channel. I kept watching.

Then the moment came for the groom to kiss the bride. And I’ll never forget what Matt Chandler said to the groom as he initiated the moment: “It brings me great pleasure, Jason, to say you may now kiss your bride.”

Wow.

“It brings me…great pleasure.”

Wow.

I had never heard anything like that before.

I had never thought about the moment of someone else’s ecstatic joy bringing the one in charge of that moment such overwhelming pleasure.

His words have forever changed the way that I see God’s heart for me in wanting to give me good things…not because He relents and finally give us what we want…but that He actually experiences enormous pleasure in blessing us…in seeing our joy.

There’s something special about witnessing others’ joy.

I experienced this while at another wedding a few weeks ago with a friend. Because of the groom’s Mexican heritage there was a lot of dancing. I love dancing. And this was the first time in a while that I had got to dance and have fun and experience such a cheerful celebration. I enjoyed it so much. But what really touched my heart was towards the end of the night when I sat down and just watched.

As I watched everybody dancing, smiles radiated like delicate flowers and shimmering lights. Eyes lit up like sparkling stars in the sky. A synesthesia of laughter and joy at the same time.

I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the happiness of all the people I saw dancing.

I saw a simplistic delight.

An effortless bliss.

A contagious joy.

It touched my heart so much.

And it permeates my mind as an ever-increasing reminder that God feels the exact same way about us when we experience joy.

Psalm 149:4 says,

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He beautifies the afflicted with salvation.”

Zephaniah 3:17 says,

“Yahweh your God is among you,
a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will bring you quietness with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.”

God looks down from Heaven with love and tenderness in His eyes… taking pleasure in our pleasure…experiencing delight in our delight…finding joy in our joy.

Our God created us after all, not because He needed us or anything we could give Him, but because He wanted to create a people to love and relate with. So we have the capacity to bring God pleasure with our lives through the joy He gives to us. How beautiful.

In light of this, it is imperative that we allow God to receive joy by letting Him be the blesser that He wants to be. But we have to pray boldly.

Asking God with boldness and assurance that He can deliver is a gift you can give God because you are letting Him do for you what you will end up giving Him glory for.

And others will get to hear about it and they will see just how great God is by how he moved in your life.

John 14:13-14 says this:Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

If we ask God something in His name, in unity with Him, in line with His heart, and in tune with how His Spirit is already leading us and making itself evident to us, He will act. And if it’s in His name, the Holy Spirit will guide us.

God wants us to ask.

He takes pleasure in our asking.

And He delights in our confidence in Him.

He wants to show off His glory.

Bring God some joy today.

Ask Him for bold things.

Ask.

Talk to Him.

Let Him complete what He has started in you by partnering with Him through believing that He can fulfill the longings of your heart.

Don’t be afraid to want what God has put in your heart as a longing. If you are truly seeking Him, He does want to fulfill those longings. He wants to bless you. He wouldn’t have created blessings as a part of the human experience if He wasn’t the orchestrator of it all. Trust that He is a good God and a good father who wants to bless His children.

Luke 11:11-12 says, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?”.

God doesn’t intend to give you anything less than best. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”

He will not give us a stone or a scorpion. He’s not trying to give you something so He can take it away and tease you with the idea of it. Pray boldly for what you want and that it would glorify His Name. And watch how He answers.

God has been showing me that I need to pray boldly and audaciously.

One of the best books I’ve read is called Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick about radical faith. Over the past week I’ve picked it back up sensing the Lord reminding me of the importance of boldness in prayer. This book, Sun Stand Still, talks about praying audaciously like Joshua did when He asked God to make the sun stand still over Gibeon when fighting the Amorites. God had promised Joshua already that He would hand the Amorites over to Israel. But Joshua still asks the Lord in bold faith to show up and do the impossible on their behalf. And God responds. Immediately. God hears his prayer. God acts.

In Joshua 10:12-14, it describes his bold faith:

“12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the Lord in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 And the sun stood still
and the moon stopped
until the nation took vengeance on its enemies…

14 There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man, because the Lord fought for Israel.”

Wow.

What if we asked God to make the sun stand still in our lives?

What if we believed so audaciously and boldly that God was big enough and powerful enough to move, that we talked to Him with radical confidence in asking Him to do the improbable and the impossible? It has encouraged my heart so much.

May Joshua’s bold faith and God’s immediate response prompt us to come to God unashamed and truly confident that He can and will move on our behalf. May we ask Him. May we ask.

If we don’t ask God, we will be tempted to think what happens is coincidence.

If we don’t ask God, we will be tempted to think we made it happen on our own.

If we don’t ask God, we will elevate our own free will over His desire to orchestrate things in our lives.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

Ask God.

Be bold.

And watch to see how He will move.

It’s exciting to see how God answers us when we ask Him.

I pray for you and me that we would find confidence in our God to ask for and believe in great things. I pray for boldness to believe that He will move in a mighty, supernatural way in our situations. I pray that we wouldn’t be afraid to ask God for what He has stirred in our hearts, but that we would recognize His hand in placing those desires there and ask Him in faith to fulfill it.

Whatever you are experiencing right now, bring it to the Lord and let Him have access to your deepest longings. Recognize that He is a good giver. He wants to bless you. Ask Him. I used to think it wasn’t okay to ask God for anything. But now I see that it would be a great tragedy to not let God experience joy by getting to answer my prayers. Let Him have that joy. Let Him have the chance to answer you. And He can only answer if you ask.

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

–Matthew 7:7–

Questions for Today:

  • What longings within my heart am I afraid to ask God for?
  • Why am I afraid?
  • Do I believe that God is a good giver and a selfless giver?
  • Why does God take pleasure in my pleasure?
  • How can I ask for God to make the sun stand still in my life?
  • What next step is God asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“Strong God” by Vertical Church Band ft Meredith Andrews

When God Doesn’t Give You What You Ask For

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Sometimes I wonder why God remains silent.

Why He doesn’t answer us when we expect Him to. Why He doesn’t give me what I ask for.

There are times when I feel like God remains seemingly inactive in my life. In these moments when I find my circumstances overwhelming and less than favorable, I know that God is great enough to do something. So I expect that He will step in and help me. I wait for Him to do a miracle. But sometimes He just doesn’t. Sometimes He doesn’t answer. For too long I have subconsciously viewed God as the receiver of my prayers and the magician of my wishes. Thinking that God would answer my prayers according to my faith, or according to my worth from my own accomplishments.

When my prayers go unanswered or seemingly unnoticed, at times I feel like I’ve messed up too much for God to hear me. I feel like He’s ashamed of me to answer me. Or that He just doesn’t care enough to bother. Other times I think that God is trying to teach me a lesson. That His silence towards me is His way of telling me that I haven’t done enough or need to change. All of these thoughts are completely wrong and really unbiblical. For Psalm 9:12 declares that God never ignores us. Luke 12:6 also reminds us that if God doesn’t even forget the sparrows in the sky, he will surely not forget us who are worth far more than sparrows.

Still, I can remind myself of all these truths, but in real time I wrestle with doubt and frustration when I feel like God doesn’t hear me. For instance I’ve been confused about God’s apparent absence in my life regarding my job outlook and finances. I’ve been praying and searching and doing everything I know to do, but I feel like God doesn’t see me or hear me. I feel ignored. As if God doesn’t want to help me this time around. In other areas of need He may be quicker to answer, but in certain situations I feel like God is so far away.

And it’s easy for me to feel like I’ve done something wrong or that I don’t deserve His favor.

But maybe, His absence in my life isn’t a result of what I’ve done or not done… but a result of what He wants to do in His own timing.

Right now, God is teaching me how to rely on Him even when I feel disappointed that He ignores my need.

Because really, it’s me who has the distorted perception of my “need” and His “avoidance” of it. To God, my primary need is probably not financial or occupational, but spiritual. God wants to do a work in my heart before He can entrust to me what could potentially lead me to rely on myself. Maybe I’m not ready to receive what I ask for. So God isn’t giving it. While in the midst of my frustrations about God not answering me, I’m realizing that it’s okay to be honest with God. It’s not like He’s unaware anyways.  He knows it all. I think we need to learn how to be open and honest with God about what we’re feeling, thinking and struggling with because there is power in that moment of vulnerability. It leads us to a real conversation with God where we recognize our own inadequacy and our desperate need of Jesus. We need that authenticity before God. It helps me just to know that I don’t have to walk on eggshells with God. I can be who I am. Through that, God can speak to us by His Spirit and His Word, and help us to grow from where we’re at.

I’m learning that sometimes, we have to accept that God denies us the answers we want because He wants us to come to a fork in the road: God wants to know… when I am without all I think I need, will I grow bitter and trust in myself, or be content and trust in Him? The answer has a lot to say about where we’re at spiritually. We must trust in God no matter our lack. We must choose to be content in Him only. Even when we don’t feel blessed by Him. Even when we don’t feel heard or seen by Him. Even when we don’t feel helped by Him. I have to choose to trust in Jesus despite feeling unheard and ignored. I have to trust that God does indeed hear me. And that Jesus is truly enough for me, even if I never get what I ask for. Even if I continue to struggle.

Ultimately, God cares more about our hearts than He does about our stability. He lets us go through seasons of drought so that we will learn to be sufficient with the One who is Lord over the drought in the first place. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care about providing for us…none of His children will ever be left begging for bread as it says in Psalm 37:25. But it does mean that God might strip us of certain provisions for a season because they too easily callous our hearts. I know that if God wants to work on my heart because He cares about who I am becoming, then He also cares enough to provide for me when I really need it. I’m learning to be thankful for whatever He chooses to do and not do in my life.

For anyone reading this, I’m sure you can think of a need that is relevant in your life right now. A need that you feel is both burdensome and distant in terms of God answering it.

Know that God has not forgotten you. He is on the way to do a miracle in your life, probably in a very different way than you ever expected.

We can learn a lot about this from the story of Lazarus in John chapter 11.

In this story, Martha and Mary were disappointed with Jesus’ lack of a response to their need. Lazarus was sick and about to die, so Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus hoping He would come quickly to save his life. Jesus got the message. He knew what Martha and Mary wanted. But He didn’t reply. He stayed where he was at with His disciples and did not travel to Bethany for another couple days. Martha and Mary were furious with Jesus. They didn’t understand why Jesus would ignore them and be so careless with the death of their brother and His friend.

But Jesus had something planned that they didn’t know about.

Jesus was going to do one of the greatest miracles ever recorded in the gospels: raise a dead man back to life. In John 11, verses 5-6 include a subtle detail that reveals so much about Jesus’ intentions. It says, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was” (emphasis mine). That seems strange. That Jesus would stay 2 days longer where He was, all because He loved them. If He really loved them, wouldn’t He go immediately and heal Lazarus? But this is precisely the point.

Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus so much that He didn’t answer their request.

Instead, He chose to do what would bring God the most glory and show Martha, Mary and Lazarus the fullness of His power. Jesus waited until Lazarus died. Then He went to them. And raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus did what no one ever thought was possible! Because of this, Martha and Mary got to witness one of the greatest miracles they had ever seen. Their frustration was turned into awe and worship through this manifestation of God’s power.

Jesus has a way with doing a mighty work even when we think He’s remaining silent.

Because I know the Jesus of the Bible, I know that Jesus has something much better ahead than what I’m asking for. He will do a work that brings glory to God and no one else. In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul writes, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” Paul goes on in verse 10 to talk about how we carry the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus might also be manifested in our bodies. The death of Jesus represents the sin, frustration, and doubt that can so easily blind us to God’s love. It’s the same condition that causes me to doubt if God really sees or hears me when I pray. But thanks be to God that this same condition acts as a catalyst for the very life of Jesus to be activated, if we are in Christ. So when I doubt that God sees or hears me, I am reminded that there is life despite it, defeating the lies that the enemy throws at me.

Jesus came to give us life and life in abundance (John 10:10). No matter what prayers we think aren’t heard, we can cling to this truth. Jesus is for us, not against us. He always hears us. But even if He never answers me, I’m going to trust in Him anyway. Because He is the One in whom my hope is found. I am never in lack because I have life in Christ. And so do you if you have chosen to follow Jesus.

God does hear you when you pray. Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Keep praying. Keep trusting. Keep persevering. And never forget that Jesus intercedes for you to the Father (John 17; Isaiah 53:12). There is absolutely nothing that is missed by Him when you pray. He hears it all. And for the things that we don’t even know to pray for, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us in the things we cannot express (Romans 8:26). The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are involved in your prayers. God does hear you. Trust that He will answer you in a way that both helps you to mature spiritually and brings Him the most glory. Even when that means not getting what we we ask for.

“Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that You sent me.” – John 11:41-42 –

Questions for Today:

  • Am I failing to believe that God hears me when I pray?
  • What can I do to trust that God hears me even though I don’t feel like He does?
  • How do I respond when God doesn’t give me what I ask for?
  • What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“No Other Name” by Planetshakers