We know God hears our cries, but at times it doesn’t feel like this is true. Not long ago a friend who was a believer in Jesus died after a battle with cancer. Untold prayers went up to God to bring healing. Didn’t God hear these prayers? Instead of being healed, he died. How do we define answered prayers?
If I were this person and found myself in heaven in perfect health and free from all sin, I would say people’s prayers were answered. God does hear our prayers, but it often takes a different form then we would like this side of eternity. We don’t always see the bigger broader plan that God is working out.
God Heard the Cries of Hebrew Slaves
During the days of Moses, the Israelites had been slaves for 400 years. How many cries to God went up over the centuries? God raised up Moses to deliver God’s people out of the hands of the Egyptians in His timing. God did hear their cries!
Exodus 3:7 Then the Lord told Moses, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. 
God Hears Our Cries
How many people have cried out to God this week alone as they faced some time of difficulty in this world? Are you in distress? Is life spinning out of control? Is the pestilence and all its ramifications getting you down? Are you in pain and feel there’s no one to help you?
Don’t be disheartened, for our loving God is always there to help you. Sometimes when we don’t feel God giving us an answer immediately, we think He is not hearing us. That is not true. Look at the story of the Hebrews being slaves for 400 years. God acted, but in His perfect timing. Often His timing does not match our desires.
I want to encourage you with God’s word. Psalm 18:6. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.  There is no one who knows more about your life and all that you are experiencing than the Lord.
As a believer in Jesus the Holy Spirit dwells in us. God is literally onboard. He may not bring immediate deliverance from our difficulty, but He will never leave us. He will always walk with us as we face the storms of life and give us a peace as only He can.
Persevering in Prayer
God always hears our cries as we pray. Fighting through the frustration and persevering in prayer is not about getting God’s attention, it’s about Him getting ours. With each prayer, we remember where our help comes from, and we make space to hear from the Lord.
God is working and we can trust Him, even when it seems like nothing is happening. Take heart in knowing God hears you and is working all things, even the hard things, together for your good for those who love God. (Romans 8:28.)
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[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.