Can You Hear Me Now?

by Franklin L. Kirksey

Cellular telephones have revolutionized the communication industry and advancements are made everyday. Almost everywhere you go you hear the words, "Can you hear me now?" I find it quite humorous to catch myself saying this familiar phrase, but there are times in our prayer life when we should ask the Lord, "Can You hear me now?"

The legendary missionary, John Hyde-known as "Praying Hyde," spent several minutes waiting for assurance that he had an audience with God before he began to pray. Obviously, prayer is useless unless we know that God our Father hears us in heaven. 

In Psalm 66:16,17,19, we find a heavenly testimony: "Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.... But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer." There are times when we definitely know we have been heard in heaven.  

Dr. R. A. Torrey, a great man of prayer, was on the West Coast when he received word that one of his daughters was gravely ill. He gathered some friends together to kneel and pray for her recovery. After a time of waiting, they were encouraged to keep praying and she was healed. On another occasion, Torrey received word about another daughter who was very sick. Following the same pattern, he gathered some friends to kneel and pray. This time he sensed God telling him to stop praying because his daughter was going to be taken home to heaven. Soon his daughter died. When we pray we must be prepared for God to reveal His will and we must trust that our Father knows best.

We discover a helpful truth in Psalm 66:18, which reminds us that "if I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me." A wrong spirit toward another person, hurt feelings, jealousy, envy, or hate will keep our prayers from heaven. This does not mean that we must be perfect to pray. It is saying that our heart's desire should be to live right and to hate what is evil.

The twentieth verse of Psalm 66 reveals a heartfelt thanksgiving: "Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!"  The psalmist also expresses thanksgiving of this sort in Psalm 116:1,2 when he writes, "I love the lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live." Thank God for answered prayer!

 Dr. Kirksey pastors Tibbie Baptist Church in Tibbie, Ala.
© October 27, 2003
Used by permission.

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