God Hears Our Prayers - 2 Kings 20:5

Verse of the Day - Day 140

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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

2 Kings 20:5
... I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: God Hears Our Prayers

This is God's immediate and sure answer to Hezekiah's prayer for healing: "I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you."

Sometimes, however, when we pray for healing, the answer doesn't come, or at least that's how it seems.

We may be confident that God has seen our tears and heard our prayers, but a problem arises when we don't believe he has answered.

I assert that God answers every sincere prayer. In fact, I would even state that there is no such thing as an unanswered prayer. But he doesn't always answer in the way we expect.

Sometimes God's Answer Is Wait

"Wait." Did you hear that? For some reason, the word "wait" sounds out in a frequency we don't want to hear. It echoes out from God, but in a range we don't tune our ears to hear.

It's no surprise in our culture of instant gratification that we would be disappointed by divine delays.

We won't always get an immediate response from God like Hezekiah did. Sometimes God has something else—something better—that he is working out, and the answer we seek is not the answer we truly need.

We can trust that God is in control. Ultimately he knows what is best for us, even when our prayers are misguided.

We may not understand the "whys" at the time, but God may want to accomplish something more than simply healing our physical bodies. Often, in his infinite wisdom, God uses physical suffering to develop our character and produce spiritual growth in us.

Perhaps you are suffering right now. You've prayed every Bible verse you know, and still you're left wondering, Did God hear my prayer? Why doesn't he answer?

Let these words from The Pulpit Commentary: 2 Kings encourage your heart:

There is not a cry, not a groan, not a tear, not a sigh of his faithful ones, to which the heart of God is not open, which does not touch him, move him, draw forth his sympathy.

If we're patient, if we wait and trust, in time we'll see that God has heard our prayer, he has seen our tears, and he has answered.

(Sources: Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 2 Kings (p. 406). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.)

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