How freaked out would you be if God sent you a messenger to tell you, “I heard you when you prayed about…. (fill in the blank with some private prayer)? I was thinking about that when I read about the angel telling Zechariah,
…“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. ( Luke 1:13b)
Would you pray any differently if you were sure God was listening? When you send an email you might question if it will be received and read. But when you pick up the phone and actually speak to someone you can be more sure they are hearing what you say. Better yet with Skype when you can tell they are actually paying attention. But how can you know God is listening?
If we want to be heard by God, Jesus taught us to pray privately, simply and sincerely.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. – ( Mat 6:6-7)
He also taught His disciples to pray directly to God because their prayers would get though without any intercession on His part. He said:
“In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. (John 16:26-27)
Jesus assured us of a direct line to the Father Who loves us. Next time you pause to pray, remember: “your prayers have been heard!”