I love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them.
Because He bends down and listens,
I will pray as long as I breathe!
Psalm 116:1 – 2 TLB
Imagine this scene: “He bends down and listens”…the Creator of the Universe bends down from heaven to hear the prayer you whisper from your lips…the King of Glory stoops down from His throne to incline His ear to your request…your loving Heavenly Father leans down close enough to listen to the words of His precious child….
This awe-inspiring scene is actually our reality. The blessed truth is that your prayer will always reach God’s ear. He knows your unique voice, and He hears each plea, request, and petition. He listens carefully to each prayer of adoration, thanks and supplication. Not only does He hear your prayers, but He also answers them. He doesn’t always answer them exactly how we think they should be answered, but He answers them according to His best for you.
If you are lonely, God is near. If you are discouraged, God is listening. If you are worried, God is attentive to your cares. If you are afraid, God hears your pleas for help. If you are heartbroken, God is leaning close enough to hear your cries.
“I love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them…” Because of this amazing truth, “I will pray as long as I breathe!”
The Lord helps the fallen
and lifts up those bent beneath their loads.
Psalm 145:14 (NLT)
As I awaited departure for my flight home, I worried that my trip would be delayed or cancelled due to the ominous appearance of the brewing winter storm. The dark, billowing clouds matched my dreary mood. Thankfully, the flight took off as scheduled, and we ascended through the turbulent mass of clouds. For a while, I saw nothing out of my window seat view except gray wisps of thick foggy vapor mixed with icy rain droplets streaking across my window. As the plane punched through the cloud ceiling and reached its cruising altitude, I was blinded by the glorious light of the setting sun. My spirit instantly brightened, and it amazed me to think about the stark contrast of this majestic site above the cloud canopy, compared to the gloomy conditions below.
This experience reminded me of how often we allow burdensome circumstances in life to weigh us down and make us feel that we are “bent beneath our loads.” Our outlook is gloomy because we only focus on the worrisome details of our lives, and we lose sight of the fact that the Son is up above us watching over every moment of our day. He cares about our burdens and wants to lift us up and give us a new perspective.
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came to His ears. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under His feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness His canopy around Him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of His presence bolts of lightning blazed forth. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.” 2 Samuel 22:7,10-13,17
Your distress might be in the form of financial struggles, a health crisis, career concerns, parenting issues, addiction battles or relationship strife. But regardless of what load you are carrying, it can be overwhelming. God listens to each whispered prayer, and your cry for help reaches His ears –He loves you and He wants to help. He will lift up those bent beneath their load. He doesn’t always completely remove the burden, but by lifting your focus from doom and gloom to His majestic glory, your soul is strengthened, and you will have renewed stamina to keep moving forward.
“…the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.”
Psalm 146:8 (NIV)