I have been a Christian for most of my life. I used the word ‘most’ because, although I was born into a Christian home, and raised by Christian parents, it wasn’t until I became an adult that I truly developed a personal relationship with God.
In my Christian walk and journey, I have found myself in situations where I often doubted that God actually heard me when I prayed. You know, I grew up with the belief that God always listens to us when we prayed to Him (at least that was what we were repeatedly taught at Sunday school).
However, when as an adult, I got to the point where I really needed to go to God in prayers and request for Him to help me, and it seemed like He wasn’t, I had begun to doubt that God actually hears us all the time.
I somehow conceived in my mind that God hears us sometimes, but maybe not all the time. Because, if He actually hears us (like we have always been made to believe), why then does He actually allow us to go through some painful moments in life?
For example, I remember sometime in the past when I had to endure the torments and abuse of a very mean boss. I took that problem to God in prayers, because I knew that I couldn’t handle the situation on my own.
Then one day, during a Sunday morning service, the Music minister during the worship session, had asked us to lay all our problems at Jesus’ feet, because He was present to help us.
That Sunday, I sincerely and completely vomited the contents of my heart to God. I told Him to touch the heart of my boss, so she could have a change of heart in the way and manner in which she managed us.
I even referenced that verse in the Bible that said, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” [Proverbs 16:7, NKJV].
After that Sunday’s service, I left church feeling refreshed and confident that God had indeed heard my prayers, and that the difficulties I had been experiencing at work were over.
So, I went to work on Monday morning, feeling very relaxed and believed that my mean boss would automatically turn around for the better and become an angel.
Alas, not only did she not become better, but she actually became worse. Because, I had to quit that job at the end of that same week, as it dawned on me that I had gotten to my breaking point. And the effect of that was beginning to also impact my family negatively.
That experience was an eye-opener for me because I had been confused that God hadn’t heard me, despite my numerous cries. Plus, the fact that I had other people praying about that same situation for me, all to no avail.
But, I was wrong. And here is why.
Sometimes, life definitely has its way of dealing us some very brutal blows. And when we take such pain requests to God, we often believe that He would make the situation turn out the way we want it to.
And when those things do not happen the way we think they would, we may be led to believe that God didn’t hear us. Or doesn’t even hear us at all.
But that is not true.
Because, not only does God hear us all the time, but He actually ensures that everything eventually works out for our good. [Romans 8:28]
Remember what He said in I Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) that, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
So, when we take our problems to God, He actually does hear us, and only does what He knows is best for us.
We may never understand why He decides to respond to our problems the way He does. A situation that may make us believe that He is not hearing us. When in fact, He has heard us even before we opened our mouths to ask Him for anything (Isaiah 65:24).
In my situation, I eventually realized that God refusing to change the heart of my mean boss and ensuring that I left that job was for my own good.
Because, years later, the experiences I gathered from that horrible job, came in very handy at my subsequent jobs. And just then did I finally understand why God decided to act the way He did. The realization of that, made me appreciate His Omniscience, all the more.
So, yes, when we do pray to God, He hears us all the time! Not sometimes. But, All. The. Time!
He said in Isaiah 55:8–9 (NKJV) that, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
So, because He is all knowing (Omniscience) and all-powerful (Omnipotent), He may not act or respond in the specific way we want Him to. But He would definitely respond, all the same.
However, He would only respond in His own time and according to His own way. And He would surely make everything beautiful for us.
Because He said in His word that, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” [Jeremiah 29:11]
So, next time when you pray to God, be assured that He has heard you and that He would make everything about your life beautiful and perfect in its time [Ecclesiastes 3:11]. You just have to keep trusting Him, because He is more than able!
God bless you!!!