God Hears Us

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we {can} have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Notice that John states “if we ask any thing according to his will.” Knowing the will of God becomes significantly important when wanting to request and receive anything promised to us in God’s Word. Once we become acquainted with God’s Word, the Word itself will begin building our confidence and believing faith so that when we do ask God for something we will know that God hears us. Then we can not only expect what we ask from God, but we will also receive from Him as well.

I John 5:15 – And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

“Whatsoever we ask” is quite incredible, because when we ask for anything in God’s Word, we will have the actual petitions that God desires to hear. The more we realize that God hears us, the greater our believing becomes, and the more we will receive from Him.

Psalm 36:5-10:
-5:  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and they faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
-6:  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
-7:  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
-8:  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
-9:  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
-10:  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

As our confidence in God’s Word grows in the heart of our hearts, then the blessings in His Word (like those in the Psalm above) can become for us realities.

In time, we can find ourselves not simply looking at the Bible as mere words on a page, but rather, we can find ourselves immersed in them because we will know that God hears us, and with that renewed confidence we will begin enjoying all the blessings of God (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Have a great day building confidence in God’s precious Word to you, knowing that God indeed hears you.

The Start of a Great Day (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 5:1-3:
-1:  GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditations.
-2:  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
-3:  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

David in praying to God says, “consider my meditations.” He is asking God to take notice that he has meditated.  His meditations were his thoughts on the Scriptures and his belief in the promises of God. Then he further asks God to hear the “voice of his cry.” This does not mean that King David was a “cry baby” but a man in need (as we all are when we look to God’s help and deliverance throughout the day). David’s voice was humble, solemn, and constant in the morning for God to hear his prayer.

Prayer in the morning, putting God first in our lives can set the pattern for the whole day, a day to live within the blessings of God upon our life. “And I will look up” has a twofold meaning, first David would look to God Who answers prayer. Secondly, because David prayed he would be looking out for the blessings of God that he prayed for throughout the day to return to him. You may recall in a previous byte or from the Word that Jesus looked up; he looked to God in the same manner as David did, he looked in believing to see his prayer answered.

Taking the time to start our day with God, taking a moment to perhaps read a verse or two, and meditating on them before we enter out into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to also pray in the morning will indeed bring great things to pass in our lives. You and I can expect to have a great day when we take time to acknowledge our God by reading His Word and in our prayer life.

Mark 1:35 – And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he {Jesus} went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus “a great while before day” took the time to be alone with his thoughts, to be alone with God, and to pray for his day. This set the pattern for a wonderful day because he allowed God into his life at the very start. When we follow the example of Jesus and David, we will increase our believing trust in our God, and this will also help us to recognize that God is always with us. Remembering that we are God’s children is easier when we allow Him and His Word into our hearts early. David in summing up the 5th Psalm shows to us the joys and blessings that can travel with us throughout the day as we allow God into our life. This is the Start of a Great Day.

Psalms 5:11-12:
-11:  But let all those that put their trust in thee {God} rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them {God covers and protects us with grace}: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. {In this one verse alone we have rejoice, joy, and joyful –  this is the result from permitting God and His healing Word into our lives.}
-12:  For thou, LORD wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. {The “shield” that compasses us is God’s loving favor watching over us.}