God hears those who talk to Him — every time. He hears the little girl in Nigeria who prays for food for her family. He hears the man in Russia as he prays for understanding of the truth of Scripture. He hears the citizens of Syria crying out for relief from their oppressive government. He hears the woman in South America pray for the salvation of her husband. He hears the prayers of a man in the United States as he earnestly seeks employment. God hears our prayers; and when He hears, He answers.
The Italian centurion, Cornelius, feared God, along with his entire household; but he had not yet accepted Christ as his Savior. He demonstrated his sincere devotion to God through almsgiving and prayer. Though God could not lower the qualifications for Cornelius’ salvation on account of his devout life, He responded to his prayers by instructing him to send for the Apostle Peter. Peter came and preached the gospel, which led to Cornelius’ entire family trusting in Christ and receiving salvation. God heard Cornelius’ prayers and answered in a spectacular fashion.
God also hears our prayers. Every word which escapes our mouths reaches His ears. Whether our prayers are uttered in times of rejoicing or distress, safety or danger, blessing or brokenness, anxiety or confusion, we are assured of an audience with God the Father — especially when our prayer concerns the salvation of others. He is listening, even when we least expect it.
You may be struggling with a difficult situation at work or a trial involving your family. Perhaps you know a friend or loved one who needs to trust in Christ as Savior. Remember God hears and answers those who talk to Him — every time. Your cry has not fallen upon deaf ears.
We must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. — George Müller
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.