Persistence In Prayer 2 — God Hears Us
Updated: Jul 21, 2020
Chan Gin Kai
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. (Luke 18:6-7)
In our last article, we explored Jesus’ exhortation to never stop praying. He told the parable of a widow who was determined to get justice over her adversary despite being rejected by an unjust judge. Her persistence finally prevailed. Jesus taught us to imitate her persistence in prayer.
We will explore this parable further today, focusing on the judge this time, and comparing him with God.
God Loves Us
We may look at the unjust judge and draw some wrong conclusions about God. We mistakenly assume that we have to be persistent in prayer because God is uncaring and arrogant like the judge. That can’t be more wrong.
Jesus told the parable to explain perseverance in prayer, not to describe God’s reluctance in helping us. We need to learn the widow’s persistence even though God doesn’t have this judge’s insolence.
Instead, Jesus emphasised the opposite… if an uncaring and arrogant judge could finally cave in because of the widow’s determination, how much more would our loving God do for us when we ask him?
This judge was unrelated to the widow, but God is our Heavenly Father. This judge wasn’t concerned about justice, but our God invented righteousness. This judge didn’t care for people, but our God is love.
God has already proven numerous times that He loves us. If He was even willing to send Jesus to die on the cross for us, what else is He not willing to do for us? If that is not enough to convince us that He loves us, then nothing else will.
Let’s pray to God because we know He loves us.
God Hears Us
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14)
We can be confident in approaching God because He hears our prayers.
What matters to us matters to God. He rejoices with us when we’re happy and feels our pain when we’re sad. He knows what we need and is eager to fulfil them. Are we confident when we pray? Or do we approach God with doubts in our hearts?
We need to have the kind of confidence that a small child has in her loving father. When a father throws his child into the air, the child laughs with joy because she is confident her father will catch her. She finds it fun, not scary, because she trusts him. The child does not worry about her next meal either. She knows her father will provide for her. Do we approach God with the same child-like confidence when we pray?
I love a movie starring Liam Neeson, the action thriller titled, “TAKEN”. Neeson’s character has a daughter who was abducted by a human trafficking ring. He delivered a very memorable warning to the abductors that has now been made into numerous memes, and set off on an action-filled rampage. Nothing could stop him as he blasted through every obstacle and enemy to rescue his daughter.
God is like Neeson’s character, and much more. Nothing can stop our Father from hearing us and rescuing us.
The Devil cannot stop God from hearing us, but has he managed to stop us from praying?
God Protects Us
There is however a caveat in 1 John 5:14 — what we ask from God must be according to His will. But that’s more to protect us than to restrict us.
We won’t give our children cocaine even if they beg us for it. But if what they ask for matches what we think is good for them, we will do our best to fulfil their request. We want what’s best for them. God wants what’s best for us too. The point that must sink in is this… while we may not always be wiser than our children, God is always wiser than us.
We are our biggest enemy sometimes. So just as God protects us from the Devil, He will protect us from ourselves too. Looking back at some of the things I’ve asked from God in the past, I am very glad that God never answered those prayers. He protected me.
We need to have the confidence that God is wiser than us and He’ll do everything to protect us, even from ourselves. Let’s strive to understand God’s will and pray according to His will.
We can pray with confidence because God definitely hears us. The bigger question is, are we really praying?
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Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. He serves actively in the Central Christian Church and describes himself as “just a sinner who wants to get right with God”.