GOD WILL HEAR OUR PRAYER
by Wayne S. Walker
“Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications” (Psalm 86:6). The heading of Psalm 86 reads, “A Prayer of David,” and the summary in the New King James Version reads, “Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of God.” David had good reason to believe that he could call upon God and the Lord would hear his prayer. God had chosen him to be the next king of Israel. God had watched over this humble shepherd boy while he watched his father’s sheep. God had enabled that boy to slay Goliath and brought him into favor with King Saul. God had then preserved his life when Saul turned against him so that after Saul’s death he could become king. God had even forgiven him when he had sinned grievously.
All of us who are children of God should be able to look back throughout our lives and find similar times when God has blessed us. The fact that we are alive today means that God has spared us to this time. Whatever measure of health and prosperity that we might have is due to God’s goodness. Most of us are not starving, poorly clad, or homeless, so we have the gifts of food, clothing, and shelter from His hand. Though we may pray that its direction might change, we have been allowed by God’s grace to live in one of the greatest countries in the world. Truly, every good and perfect gift that we have known has come to us from God (James 1:18). In addition, God loved us enough to send His Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). God has been good to us indeed!
Oh, each of us has surely experienced problems and difficulties that might lead us to complain. David suffered the ridicule of his own brothers when he determined to champion God’s cause against the giant Philistine. He fled from the unjust wrath of his king. During his reign, he dealt with various tormenters and affllictors. And, of course, he lived with the knowledge of the great sins that he committed. Yet, because God had been so good to him in other ways, he knew that during the bad times he could call upon God to hear and respond to his prayers. Like David, we need to be thankful for our blessings and simply look to Him in prayer when we find ourselves in need. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). We can rest assured that He will listen and answer.