“And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive”(2 Chronicles 6:21.)
No less than eight times in Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple does he beseech God to “hear from heaven” (see 2 Chronicles 6:21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 33, 35, 39). But the obvious question is just how can God hear our prayers, especially those uttered only in silence?
The answer is in both God’s omniscience and His omnipresence. Although God is indeed on His heavenly throne, He is also right here! “O Lord,” David prayed, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off” (Psalm 139:1-2). He can, and does, hear our prayers. “He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see” (Psalm 94:9)?
In a manner of speaking, He hears the prayers of redeemed children today even more directly than in David’s day, for we who trust in Christ have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit. “God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people” (2 Corinthians 6:16). “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12).
God can indeed hear our prayers. But there are times when He refuses to hear! “If I regard (cherish, love, hold on to) iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear…” (Isaiah 59:1-2).
Yes, but if we ask anything according to His will (and this implies that you love to do His will), “he hears us: and . . . we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
The Best Is Yet To Be!