After God’s silence or what?

John 11:41 Then they removed the stone from the cave where the dead was laid. Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father I thank you that you have heard me.

I wonder how many times we pray and we hope that the Lord hears us. We all know what scripture says. That he hears our thoughts and He answers our prayers. Many times though we have our doubts. Jesus made it very simple.

Father, I thank you that you have heard me!

He didn’t say, father I hope you’re listening. He didn’t say father please answer my prayers, he just said thank you and He knows in his heart that His Father is listening.

On a personal level I have had a very difficult last four weeks. I am referring to a specific job that I’ve been working on and I can tell you that sometimes I have felt like God is not listening to me. So it was good to get this little reminder this morning. A little bit of Peace for my day.

I leave you with this, remember He is listening and He hears you.

I’m including one of my most favorite devotions from Oswald Chambers. I forgot it was out of the exact same chapter in John as my devotion was today. Pretty cool

After God’s silence or what? Oswald Chambers

Has God trusted you with a silence — a silence that is big with meaning? God’s silences are His answers. Think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything analogous to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking for a visible answer? God will give you the blessings you ask if you will not go any further without them; but His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into a marvellous understanding of Himself. Are you mourning before God because you have not had an audible response? You will find that God has trusted you in the most intimate way possible, with an absolute silence, not of despair, but of pleasure, because He saw that you could stand a bigger revelation. If God has given you a silence, praise Him, He is bringing you into the great run of His purposes. The manifestation of the answer in time is a matter of God’s sovereignty. Time is nothing to God. For a while you say — “I asked God to give me bread, and He gave me a stone.” He did not, and to-day you find He gave you the bread of life.

A wonderful thing about God’s silence is that the contagion of His stillness gets into you and you become perfectly confident — “I know God has heard me.” His silence is the proof that He has. As long as you have the idea that God will bless you in answer to prayer, He will do it, but He will never give you the grace of silence. If Jesus Christ is bringing you into the understanding that prayer is for the glorifying of His Father, He will give you the first sign of His intimacy — silence.

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