So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” (John 11:41-42)
Relate: Did you ever see Bruce Almighty? Bruce Nolan (aka Jim Carey) was a fairly popular, successful guy who was still discontented. In spite of his good job and beautiful girlfriend he complained and complained. Finally, after one of those particularly horrible days we all seem to have from time to time, he begins this huge rant about how cruel and unfair God is. In the middle of the rant God shows up looking an awful lot like Morgan Freeman. God gives Bruce the opportunity to do His job, only for a short while and only in the city of Buffalo, since Bruce is so convinced he can do a it better. Disaster ensues. Bruce has this great notion that he’s going to grant everyone’s prayer for the day. In a matter of hours anger, discontent, riots and havoc are rampant throughout the city.
React: Jesus knew God always heard Him and, because He constantly was spending time with the Father, He also knew the perfect will of God. I am often not spending nearly the time with God in prayer that I should be. Because of this and my fallen nature, it is often hard for me to distinguish between my own desires and the will of the Father. Since my understanding of God’s will is often clouded, the potential to doubt at some level whether God is truly hearing my prayers is there.
Make no mistake, God always hears. The disconnect is all at my end. Because of my sin, both of commission and omission, I’m not hearing Him right. I’m not in His will. My own stupidity (which I often mistake as reasoned thought) keeps me from understanding what is best for me. God has not failed. I have. God is not deaf. I am. Still, like Bruce Nolan, I am oh so quick to give Him the blame. Let me say it again and hopefully it will sink deep into my soul. He always hears.
God, thank You for hearing me. Thank You for not always answering my prayers in the way that I had hoped. Help me to understand that those times You haven’t is not because You do not care but because I have not been hearing from You. Help me to live my life and spend my time in such a way that I would better hear from You. I know that You always have the best in mind for me. Help me to understand what that is so that I can be able to say with confidence like Jesus, “You always hear.”