Ok. Confession time. Sometimes during the day when one of my kids is telling me a story I zone out. I just simply don’t hear a thing that they’re saying. My mind blocks out time for “important” information and a detailed description of last night’s Rick Riordan chapter on the Egyptian Sun God doesn’t cut it. My son is now old enough to call me out on my little mental vacations. “Mom, why are you looking like that?” “Are you listening?”
Ugh… talk about a terrible mother moment. It gets worse, because the problem is, that no matter how hard I try, sometimes I still find it impossible to focus, listen and comprehend.
Do you ever feel like God is like that too? Do you ever find yourself not wanting to pray because you aren’t sure if He’s even listening?
We may feel like that, but the truth is God is a better parent than I am. God listens better than I do. God even likes all the details. He wants us to lay in all on Him and hold nothing back.
O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:1-3
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16
They cause the poor to cry out, catching God’s attention. He hears the cries of the needy. Job 34:28
If you find yourself reluctant to pray because you aren’t sure if He’s listening, remind yourself of the truth. He wants you to call Him. And He wants to answer the call.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about practical ways to deepen your prayer life. See you then.