“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” – Psalm 18:6
Sometimes we struggle to even know if God is listening to us, let alone try to explain to our children that he listens to them. We have three primary sources of assurance that God hears us when we pray:
- God’s Word. The Psalms are a particularly rich source of both desperate prayers and joyful praises for God’s listening and responsive ear. See Psalm 28.
- Other Christians. The Bible is full of examples of godly men who trusted and proved that God was listening and that he does respond. We also benefit from hearing the testimonies of fellow believers, past and present, as they share of God’s response to their prayers.
- Ourselves. We should be purposeful in recognizing when God has answered our prayers. We tend to forget how God met a past need, as we quickly move on to our next concern. I have made a practice in the past several years of typing out some of my prayers in a journal so that I can go back and highlight all the ways God has responded.
God is our Heavenly Father. He is listening. What are some other ways to teach your children that God is listening?
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16