I never get used to the moment-by-moment miracle of prayer. It’s an amazing thing that God would ever even once listen to me, let alone answer!
Thankfully for us, prayer finds its hope not in the qualifications of the one praying, but in the character and plan of the God who is hearing. He answers because of who He is. He answers because of what He is doing. He answers because He loves to see us come, and He loves to provide just the grace for that moment.
Each day this week, I’m going to give you one reason why God would respond to us in prayer.
Monday - His Love
God is the ultimate wise, patient, kind, gentle, and forgiving father. He delights in His children. Because of His great love, His eyes look out for us and His ears are always attentive to our cries. Because of His love, He invites us to bring our cares to Him, and He assures us that He really does care for us.
God is never too busy or distracted or too tired to hear and answer. He doesn’t refuse to answer because of our weakness and failure. He doesn’t get impatient because we have to come again and again. He is love, and He loves to exercise His power and glory to meet the needs of His struggling children.
Tuesday - His Grace
Grace provides the whole structure and standing of our relationship with God. If it weren't for the grandeur of His forgiving grace, we would have no relationship with Him at all. Because of His grace, He's unwilling to rest until the work of transformation is complete. In grace He looks on us and knows that this work isn't done.
We've not yet been completely formed into the likeness of His Son. Although the power of sin has been broken, He knows that the presence of sin still remains. He hears our prayers because, when we pray, we confess that we still need the grace of forgiveness and deliverance, and in so doing we place ourselves in the center of what He has committed Himself to complete - His work of redemption.
Wednesday - His Faithfulness
God doesn't change His mind. He doesn't ride the roller-coaster of the rise and fall of emotions. His heart isn't a battle zone of conflicting motivations. He doesn't get bored, exhausted, or distracted. He won't quit what He has has begun. He won't forsake those upon whom He has placed His love.
When it comes to prayer, God won't harden His heart, shut down His mind, and turn His back. He won't take a break or go to sleep. He will never tell you that you have asked too much or that you have come to Him too often. You never have to wonder if His response will change. He is absolutely faithful to every promise He has made and every provision He has offered. Your hope in prayer is rooted in His faithfulness, not yours.
Thursday - His Kingdom
As I come to the Father in the patterns laid out by Christ and pray, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven," I pray words that bring Him delight. He loves the exercise of His will. He finds joy in the success of His kingdom. The spiritual growth and prosperity of His children means the growth and prosperity of His kingdom.
He is King, and He delights in His children's recognizing His lordship and submitting to His rule. Every good thing He does for His children is done to rescue them from their self-focused kingdom of one and to welcome them into the expansiveness of His kingdom of glory and grace. And His ears will continue to be attentive and His hands will be active until His kingdom has been fully and completely established forever.
Friday - His Glory
The thing that God is most committed to is His own glory. But here's what you need to understand: His commitment to His own glory is your only hope. Because He is committed to His own glory, He has committed to draw to Himself a multitude of people who forsake their own glory and do the one thing that they were created to do: live for His.
So God's commitment to His own glory causes Him to listen and respond, listen and respond until all of His children no longer look to the shadow glories of creation for their satisfaction but, rather, look to Him. Because He is committed to His glory, I can go to Him in prayer, knowing that He will hear and answer.
So even though you have nothing to bring to the Lord that would commend you to Him, you can approach Him with confidence. He really does delight in hearing and answering His children. Your hope in prayer is never found in you; it is always found in Him.