THEME: LISTENING AND HEARING
Daniel 9:19 NKJV
“O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
-Daniel pleaded with the Lord to listen and hear their supplications and confession. Daniel asked for God’s mercy which is great, on behalf of the Israelites who went against God’s will. God listens and hears to our prayers because of His mercy and grace and not because of our works.
Listening and hearing have a positive correlation but not in all instances. One can listen and hear at the same time. Another can either listen and not hear, or hear but not listen which results in a lot of misperceptions, misinformation and misunderstandings. Samuel listened to God calling his name, but he did not understand nor hear correctly for he had not heard the voice of God and His word. He attended to Eli the priest and at the third calling, he was instructed to say, “speak Lord Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10). Jeremiah exhorted the people to listen and incline their ears to turn from their wicked ways, and not to burn no incense to other gods (Jeremiah 44:5). Listening and hearing to God’s word activates our faith in God. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). God calls us to listen and hear His word, and put it into practice (James1:22-25). The one who listens and hears God’s word is likened to a builder on the rock, and his/her house remains standing amidst rains, floods and winds (Matthew 7:24-27), for the Rock is Christ. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 11:15).
Oh Lord Jesus You are Good and Your mercies endures forever. You are Good God may You have mercy on us and grant us rest. Thank You for loving us dear Lord Jesus. May You have mercy on us and forgive us all our trespasses. We have confidence in You dear Jesus that when we ask anything according to Your will, You hear us and You answer us. May You train us to listen to Your voice and to hear Your statutes, and keep them. May You bless us and keep us. May You shine Your face towards us and be gracious unto us. May You show Your countenance unto us and give us peace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
Further reading: 1 John 5:14–15