This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
We like to be heard. When we feel we have something to say, we have an innate need for others to listen to us. It can be frustrating, for instance, when the person to whom we are speaking seems to be far off in another place. It can even be upsetting when we realize that, regardless of the import of our “speech,” the other person is clearly not hearing what we are saying. Similarly, it is off-putting when someone else can repeat to us our words, but they have clearly not understood what it was that we were saying. We have all experienced this in our lives.
That being said, we are blessed (again!) because we serve a God who is attuned to the needs and desires of his people. God is ready at any time for us to communicate with him. As John wrote above, when we approach God in God’s will, God hears us. We can be assured that the God whom we worship is a God who is eternally interested in our deepest thoughts and concerns. He wants to hear from us.
In Psalm 10, the psalmist wrote, “O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear . . . “ The image is of God leaning in to listen carefully and lovingly to what his petitioner has to say. It is a beautiful and hopeful description of the great love and care that God has for us.
Today we celebrate this great God who loves us, who cares for us, and who hears us. It is good to be here.