Did you know the Bible calls the Christian the “child of God”, meaning God is their father?
This means that the Christian can approach God for things as they would their Father. Should it then surprise believers that God hears and answers their prayers? It should be a serious thing when a Christian approaches the almighty God to petition for anything. It has been said that the prayers of the righteous move the hand that moves the world.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
This is truly amazing. In this parable Jesus is tells a story of an unrighteous man who honored the request of a widow, not because it was the right thing to do, but simply because she continued to pester him. The unrighteous man fulfilled her request simply to stop the annoyance she was creating for him.
How much better then is almighty God, who loves his children, and when they cry out to him, he will surely hear and help them.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Let’s take a look at this on the national level (the nation of Israel). In Exodus chapter 3:7-8, the Lord is speaking to Moses through the burning bush:
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
God heard the cry of his people in Egypt, and was determined to save them, to bring them out. And he did exactly that.
Now let’s fast forward to New Testament times, and get down to the personal level. In Mark chapter 10, a blind man hears that Jesus is coming to his town. Take a look at this passage:
And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Bartimaeus wouldn’t be denied, and the people pressing on him to be quiet just compelled him to cry out louder to ensure the Lord would hear him. And because he had faith, Christ healed him, and he received his sight that day.
If Christians will cry out as a nation to Lord, I believe he’ll answer on a national level. If they cry out on a personal level, I believe he’ll answer on a personal level.
Does God answer your prayers when you cry out to him?
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The bottom line is, do believers care enough…do they have enough faith to cry out to him in faith?