In the news: in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, they have famously awful traffic, but the leaders don’t see it that way, and people are getting mad because Mr. Panelo, the spokesperson for the president just told them to leave earlier (even though students already leave at 5am to get to school at 8am). So the other day after someone commented that Manila has a “transport crisis”, Panelo accepted the challenge of getting to work like a normal person, because he doesn’t believe it’s that bad. He left his house at 5:15 and got to work at 8:45–he was 45 minutes late, it took him 3 1/2 hours to get to work and he had to travel… 3 miles. 3 MILES!! And he still said there’s no crisis.
Imagine how frustrating that would be. Not just the traffic, but to have leaders who won’t listen to the people. You may feel like that sometimes, maybe your parents don’t really listen to you. And you may feel like that about God. It’s normal to question if He’s really listening. Have you ever prayed really hard about something and then gotten… nothing in response. I mean, no answer, it’s like God’s not paying attention.
It can be hard to wait for God, but remember that He is faithful and He keeps his promises. And he promised to hear our prayers.
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.
1 Peter 3:12 (NLT)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14 (NIV)
Dear Lord, Thank you for always hearing me. I know that I am never ignored by you. Show me how to ask for things that are in your will. Amen.