He doesn’t just hear the prayers we pray in church.
He doesn’t just hear our safe, happy prayers of life being good.
He doesn’t just hear the prayers of blessings for ourselves or for others.
He hears the prayers of pain. Of anguish. Of hurt. Of regret.
Listen to what happens today in Jonah 2:1-3:
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.
Jonah had run from God’s calling on him. God had told him to go and preach to people that he didn’t like.
So, he ran. He ran away, got kicked off a boat, and swallowed by a great fish.
And here in the belly of this fish, he prayed.
I’ve been in some bad spots, in some tight places, prayed in some odd places but I’ve never had to pray there.
Jonah did. And what happened? God heard his prayer. God heard what he said. God heard his plea.
And God freed him from the belly.
Today, no matter where you are, God will hear your prayers. He will. I promise you, He will.
God hears every prayer that we pray. Every one.
No matter how dark it may seem. No matter how dark it may be. No matter how lost the case may seem, know this. God hears your prayers.
Today – you are happy – pray.
If you are sad – pray.
If you are hurt – pray.
If you are lonely – pray.
If you are angry – pray.
No matter what is going on in your life today – pray.
And know that God hears your prayers. And He will be there with you, and for you. No matter what.
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