Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear

Prayer

Listening Ear

God has given us His Word. In it we can find guidance and examples of communications with the Most High. In it we can see how God is willing to be with those who are willing to follow Him. God showed us the way how we can master ourselves but also how we can come up to Him in times when we are not able to do it on our own. God Himself took care that we have at our disposal one of the most powerful tools. God is willing to give us His Ears and allows us to have access and talk to Him who spoke into existence the heavens and the earth.

Jehovah God His eyes are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry (Psalm 34:15). But our ears should also be open to the Words of God and be willing to listen to His instructions.

Silas, apostle.jpg
Saint Silas or Saint Silvanus , leading member of the Early Christian community

The Scriptures teach us that God wants us to bring our requests to Him, and we can be confident that He cares and will answer our prayer according to His good purpose and will. In the book of books we can find already very soon in the existence of men that they began to call upon the name of the Creator, whom they considered as their Only One God. In the history of God’s people we find a wrestling Jacob, a Daniel with many questions, who prayed three times a day, and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountains we can find Moses, Elias (Eliahu or Elijah), Jeshua; in the dungeon Paul and Silas or Saint Silvanus. We find many examples of people who had multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises.

Though we do agree there are also plenty of stories in the Bible of God being silent.
Job experienced His silence. So did Abraham as he planned to sacrifice Isaac. The Bible doesn’t record God talking to Joseph, eleventh son of Jacob, in prison, nor John the Baptist before his beheading. There are more examples of God’s silence than we may be comfortable exploring.
To say that God did not hear them nor did want to answer them would be not doing justice to what happened. The idea that God is not hearing us when we talk to him can be very unsettling. And if we are not careful, we will allow the wrong ideas (evil) to begin to put false thoughts in our minds regarding God’s love for us, God’s ability to answer our prayers, or even God’s existence.

We are told about sacrifices and activities in the temple. We even find that God gave instructions for the places of worship. This teaches us the sacred importance and necessity of prayer. God has made prayer and worship prominent in his Word; therefore we may be sure that it should also play an important role in our life for God.

Job calling upon God, the Most High creator of heaven and earth.

Those characters described in the Bible thought it important to speak to their Greatest Master. They had the desire to be in contact with the Creator of all things and were trusting that He was going to answer them.

We don’t know when the answer will come and He is never obligated to answer our prayer in the way we want it answered. It happened in history that men of God also became anxious. David for example wanted to hear from God straight away. He wanted to hear God’s voice speaking in the midst of his anxiety. He wanted God to reach down and deliver him from his distress there and then. Though when you follow what happened and look how God has everything in control, we can see that David like so many others did not wanted to hear other things than what he had in his head. He was not hearing what he wanted to hear, and he pleaded, “O Lord, how long?”

“My soul is also sore vexed, but Thou, O LORD, how long?” (Psalms 6:3 KJ21)

In verse 8 of the same 6th Psalm, while David is in the midst of his prayer to God, he declares,

“Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.”

David considers his situation as though it is already resolved. In faith, he commands his enemies to leave him because God has heard his prayer. He does not have an answer from God yet, he does not know how God will deliver him yet, but he begins to operate as though he is already delivered. As Albert Barnes writes in his commentary,

“Already David sees his enemies scattered, and his own cause triumphant; and in this exulting feeling he addresses his foes, and commands them to leave him.”

There we can see David had taken the right attitude for prayer and for believe in God. In verse 9 David gives notice that Jehovah has heard his supplication and was confident that God was going to receive his prayer. There we see, having the right attitude in prayer, David is no longer pleading and wondering if God is hearing his prayers. He is affirming that God has heard his prayers. Charles Spurgeon wrote in his Treasury of David,

The Penance of David, Psalm 51
The Penance of David, Psalm 51 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“This Psalm is readily divided into two parts. First, there is the Psalmist‘s plea in his great distress, reaching from the first to the end of the seventh verse. Then you have, from the eighth to the end, quite a different theme. The Psalmist has changed his note. He leaves the minor key, and betakes himself to sublimer strains. He tunes his note to the high key of confidence, and declares that God hath heard his prayer, and hath delivered him out of all his troubles.”

David the son of Jesse, the man after God’s own heart, had come ‘with his heart and soul’ to God and as a man of prayer had found faith in it. The prayer had awakened him and come to trust in his beloved God, like we also should give ourselves to God, trying to capture His attention, but allowing everything in His Hands.

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Preceding article: Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude

To be continued with: Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #7 Gebed #5 Luisterend Oor

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Additional literature:

  1. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  2. God of gods
  3. A god between many gods
  4. The Divine name of the Creator
  5. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  6. God Helper and Deliverer
  7. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  8. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  9. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  10. Gods hope and our hope
  11. Gods promises
  12. Gods salvation
  13. Gods measure not our measure
  14. Gods non answer
  15. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  16. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets
  17. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws
  18. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously
  19. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  20. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  21. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #1 Prosperity
  22. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity
  23. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  24. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  25. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  26. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
  27. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  28. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
  29. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  30. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  31. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
  32. Wishing to do the will of God
  33. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  34. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  35. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  36. A Living Faith #7 Prayer
  37. Prayer, important aspect in our life
  38. Worship and worshipping
  39. Prophets making excuses
  40. Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
  41. Fragments from the Book of Job #6: chapters 38-42
  42. Fragments from the Book of Job #7 Epilogue
  43. Disappointed with God
  44. Does God hear prayer?
  45. Does God answer prayer?
  46. God doesn’t call the qualified
  47. Walking alone?
  48. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  49. Genuine prayer
  50. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  51. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
  52. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  53. Give your worries to God
  54. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow
  55. Singing gift from God
  56. Prayer request opportunity
  57. Call for prayer to help with unity crisis
  58. Communion and day of worship
  59. Prayer for the day
  60. Work with joy and pray with love
  61. If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
  62. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  63. Quit griping about your church
  64. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  65. Preventing us from going window-shopping in prayer
  66. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
  67. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  68. Change
  69. Free to be quiet

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Further reading from other believers and some witnessing:

  1. Proof of The Bible’s Divine Inspiration
  2. Jehovah’s Plagues on Christendom
  3. Prayer—What About?
  4. Our Prayers
  5. A Child’s Prayer
  6. Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?
  7. What Are Two Reasons Why God Rejects Some Prayers?
  8. Prayers That Are Heard by God
  9. My Prayer Was Answered
  10. An Amazing Experience
  11. We Have the Best Home
  12. What Does the Bible Say About Free Will? Is God in Control?

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  • Who Is Listening to Your Prayers? (pastorbenk.com)
    Who is listening to your prayers today? It is the Lord, Jehovah the God who has entered into a covenant relationship with His People. This vivid word picture brings home the intimacy of God’s relationship with His people through Christ who is our righteousness. It is the Lord who cares about the way we live and our relationship with Him who answers our prayers.
  • Happy Father’s Day My Eternal Father (christinebrooksmartin.wordpress.com)
    When you enter into God’s presence through prayer, you are establishing an eternal covenant with Him. You can enter into a dwelling place where you find His virtue, the Lord your provider. In addition to your natural needs, He will provide you with spiritual food–your daily bread. He will provide His sincere milk and He will provide the strong meat. Your eternal, necessary food is all in the form of the Word and for your spiritual age (level of spiritual maturity).
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    In the dwelling place of His presence, God reveals himself as Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord my shepherd.
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    He will not abandon or forsake your prayers and fellowship of thanksgiving, praise and worship. It will draw a greater measure of His presence, at times so tangible to the natural senses. He is Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is there.
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    Just as you have a natural closet, you have a spiritual closet with God. This closet is your meeting place into His presence for all manner of prayer. Your armor for prayer and warfare, for supplication, thanksgiving, praise, worship and intercession is found here. In this dwelling place, the Lord is Jehovah-Sabaoth, the Lord of host.
  • The Power of Prayer (insertcatchyblognameheredotcom.wordpress.com)
    Throughout this whole journey with my tumor I have learned so much about the power of prayer. Whether it was learned through prayer of my health or prayer on behalf of others. I have learned to find it so interesting that we are shocked when our prayers are answered.
  • Jehovah’s Works – Great and Wonderful (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    Like Moses, Jesus publicly sang God’s praises and prophesied about His victory over all enemies. (Matthew 24:21, 22; 26:30; Luke 19:41-44) Jesus too looked forward to the time when the nations would come in to praise Jehovah, and as the self-sacrificing “Lamb of God,” he laid down his human life to make this possible. (John 1:29; Revelation 7:9; compare Isaiah 2:2-4; Zechariah 8:23.) And just as Moses came to appreciate God’s name, Jehovah, and extol that name, so Jesus made God’s name manifest. (Exodus 6:2, 3; Psalm 90:1, 17; John 17:6) Since Jehovah is loyal, his glorious promises are certain of fulfillment. Surely, then, we are at one with these loyal singers, with the Lamb, and with Moses, in subscribing to the words of the song: “Who will not really fear you, Jehovah, and glorify your name?”
  • Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger (bijbelvorser.wordpress.com)
  • Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people (bijbelvorser.wordpress.com)
    Jehovah, should be our God, in whom we are willing to trust and give us in His hands. We should allow Him to carry us ‘over the river’, the difficult situations, crossing the river ahead of us. The world has to know He is a consuming fire which can destroy unbelievers or enemies from before us (Deuteronomy 31:3). If we are not careful He will destroy the nations, He will put them under the power of those He want. God established Him a People to himself.
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