I read many articles on whether or not God answers prayer. But I think another question along the same lines is: Does God hear prayer? My assumption in the following small treatise is this: if God hears your prayer, then he will answer your prayer.
Does God hear prayer? My answer is; Yes, he hears prayer.
The Christian approach to God as Father in prayer implies a certain closeness to the one who is addressed; it has a familiar and intimate character. The contemporary idea of prayer as a devotional effort to draw closer to God seems problematic because as believers we are already in a position of intimacy with God in prayer. Therefore, he has promised because of this intimacy to hear prayer.
Therefore in prayer, whether the act of calling upon God is attended with emotions (joy, sadness, tears, laughter), the person is intimately connected to God and has a discourse or, corresponds with him, which we call prayer. The act of asking God the Father suggests a deep-seated bond based on the dual response where, in relation to prayer, God the Father hears and responds to the obedient response of His children who pray. It is in a sense a “partnership” one made possible only by the person and work of his son, Jesus Christ.
At this point, another question could be posed: Does God always answer the prayer?
The nature of God’s answer may not be a response with which one agrees or is presented in the “timely” manner that one might hope. The delay may prompt one to assume that God has not answered. However, God commands us to call on Him as Father and promises that he will hear and act on our behalf. His actions may be expeditious or slow, but arguably, God does answer every prayer.
I propose that:
if God asks to pray and He has.
And if He has asked us to pray in a specific way, and he does.
Then he hears and promises to respond. He has assured us in Scripture that he will hear and respond (Psalm 50:15; 91:15; John 15:7; Matthew 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24).
“And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:15).
God’s response to prayer does not mean that he is in any way limited by what we ask for in prayer. Nor that there is any assumption that human beings can manipulate God into acting outside of his will.
It is more to the point that God allows himself to respond because he knows us better than we know ourselves. Thus, through prayer, God’s corresponding action adds value to human obedience. As the human being obeys God’s instruction to pray then, God blesses the words of the prayer.
Thus, God allows himself to be moved by our prayer because of his covenant in Jesus Christ.
God responds to the our stumbling and mumbling in the act of prayer with his full understanding of the extent of human needs in mind. And, because God has a better knowledge of the needs, wants, and desires of the human person. He knows a our true meaning irregardless of the words that we may offer up.
In summary, prayer reflects our hopes and dreams for others, the world and for ourselves. As limited beings, human prayers cannot see the full picture. The believer’s assurance that God hears prayer and answers is this: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face …, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
If we pray, God hears, answers and acts. Never give up praying. God is listening.