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God Hears

Anyone who knew me while I was growing up, was aware I wanted a horse. That’s all I thought or dreamed about from the time I was in first grade. I wanted a black horse with a white star on its forehead. In my teen years, I named my horse- to- be Kentucky Rain after the Elvis Presley song.
I begged and begged for a horse. I’m sure my parents thought I was a broken record. I would bargain with them about household chores, grades, anything I thought would make them consider getting me a horse. The only way to hush me was to say they would consider it.
I persisted in asking for a horse from the age of six until I was sixteen. In the end, my parents were right in not getting me a horse. They knew the dream was better than the reality. Once I started driving and working part time, I dropped my dream and moved onto other things. They were glad they were not stuck with a horse to care for because I was now too busy to take care of one.
I was never afraid to ask my mother or father for anything. I knew I could go to them with my requests. It doesn’t mean they were always granted, but I was heard. The same could be said for Abraham and his relationship with God. He trusted God and knew he could go to God with anything.
God told Abraham that He was going to check out Sodom and Gomorrah because He heard their sin was flagrant. If He found this to be true, He would destroy both cities. Abraham was upset. He didn’t want righteous people to perish and asked if God found fifty righteous people would He spare the cities. God agreed. Abraham went back five separate times to ask God if he would save the cities if they had 45, 40, 30, 20 and ten righteous people. God patiently agreed each time.
God knew that there weren’t ten righteous people in those towns, but he still allowed Abraham to come to Him and ask. The same can be said today. We are to boldly approach God with all our questions, requests, fears, joys and intercession for others. He will never turn us away. He wants to hear our prayers.
Our prayers connect us with God and help to build a close relationship with Him. Like my parents, He will not always give us what we ask for, but we can rest assured that He hears every word we direct at Him and will do what’s best for us.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalms 5:3

Prayer

When I was a young girl, my grandfather (my mother’s father) would come and spend part of the summer with us.  I always looked forward to that time.  When he visited, we had really good dinners and lunches, my parents did not raise their voices too much at us, and Mom bought him candy which he shared with us more often than she ever knew.  He had arthritis and could not get around very well so he was confined to a chair, he loved for us to spend time with him and enjoyed talking to us.  He always had fun stories and thought his grandchildren were smart, good looking and wonderful.  Let’s face it who doesn’t like to hear that?  I know I felt so loved when he was around.

As a young teen I was a night owl and in the summer, I’d stay up mostly by myself to watch television – Johnny Carson and the late show which had great old movies.  One night at about two in the morning on my way to my bedroom, I heard my grandpa talking.  I stopped dead in my tracks and wondered who on earth he was talking to.  I remember feeling scared that it could be my grandmother who had died long ago and wondered if he was in his right mind.  Curiosity got the best of me and I crept closer to the door to hear what he was saying.

I very clearly heard him name several of his grandchildren and my name was in the mix.  I froze and wondered if he’d heard me outside his door.  Then he continued to ask Jesus to look out for us and to keep us close to Him.  I stood there stunned.  My grandpa was praying for ME!  There was so much love and caring in his voice as he petitioned the Lord with reverence and awe. I have carried that with me as a special memory since that time and have wondered how many times his faithful prayers helped or saved me from a bad situation.

That was not the last time I heard him pray at night.  He had trouble sleeping due to pain or the fact that he’d napped too much throughout the day.  My grandpa loved Jesus and had a prayer life and a quiet time that helped him endure his painful arthritis and the loneliness of not having my grandma around.  He almost always had his Bible opened before him in his room.  I often wonder what he would think of me now and if he would feel like his prayers had been answered.

These days I find myself in my grandpa’s position of not being able to sleep for various reasons.  I remember that when Grandpa couldn’t sleep, he made good use of his time by praying.  Though I don’t speak the words out loud because it would wake my husband, I find myself praying when I can’t sleep.  I’m never at a loss for things to pray about or people to pray for.  Sometimes He just lays people on my heart and I am compelled to pray.  Honestly, I can’t think of a better thing to occupy my time in the middle of a sleepless night.  I also know that prayer is powerful and helpful to those I pray for.

Prayer is an important part of the Christian life and connects us to the Lord.  It doesn’t matter if it’s five minutes or an hour or if it is morning, afternoon or evening.  The Lord loves to hear from you and will always listen to what you have to say.  He’s available 24/7, and you don’t have to worry about waking Him or disturbing Him.  The important thing about prayer is that it has power no matter what time we pray, and someone we love may need our prayers.

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  James 5:15-16