Well, the year is winding down. I put up the December calendar in my classroom this week, and it is so crazy for me to believe that there are only a few short weeks left in 2011. It seems like Christmas was just last month. And, oh… my life is so much different this year than it was on this date last year! God is so crazily incredible sometimes. There’s no way to handle all of it without Him!
Let’s take a peek at I John this week, then II John next week, shall we? Slip into the comments below and join the conversation!
I John 5:14 (NIV)–This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
John is all about love. If you read his books, I think “love” is used more in his writings than anywhere else in the Bible. (That is not scientific observation by any means. It’s a guess. But, believe me, it’s in there a lot!) While the word “love” is not used in this verse, isn’t it an amazing picture of God’s love?
Ever have those days/seasons when you go into prayer and feel even worse when you come out than you did when you went in? When every single prayer you pray seems to not only not pass the ceiling, but maybe even barely make it past your lips? Those are some of the hardest times to walk through, aren’t they? But that’s why this is one of my favorite verses.
Feelings can be fickle things. They can turn on a dime. Hallmark commercials can make us cry. A silly joke can make us laugh in the very next instant. Emotions aren’t really reliable, are they? So, although we may feel like our prayers don’t go anywhere, we can know, know, know that they certainly do go straight to God’s ear. No matter what, He hears us. Every time. This ties in with one of my other favorite verses (and the address escapes me right now), when Jesus steps in front of Lazarus’ tomb to pray and His first words, “Father, I know You always hear me.” On those days, when life feels like nothing short of a beating, it’s the first thing I say, “Father, the devil may be a great big liar telling me You’re deaf, but I know you always hear me.”
That is the ultimate comfort, the ultimate truth, the ultimate relationship. Ah. He always hears.