God is perfectly attentive to every detail and in orchestrating things in the unseen realm.
He watches us pray… and hears us! Take heart, dear fellow Believer– God hears you (He listens!) and sees you when you cry out to Him!
“Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold,
HE IS PRAYING,
and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
(Acts 9:10-17 ESV)
Did you catch those three short words in the middle?? “…he is praying.” Yes, God saw Paul praying. Paul– the one who persecuted the early Christians… sought them out and drug both men and women to prison. God didn’t turn away and plug His ears because of Paul’s past. He didn’t close His eyes or turn away due to Paul’s sins. Instead, Jesus reached out to the one in need. He got Paul’s full attention with a life-changing encounter on the road to Damascus. And after God reached in and shook Paul’s world, Paul cried out to God.
I’d love to know specifically what Paul was praying! Words of complete surrender…? Praise for God’s awesome glory…? Prayers drenched with repentance…? Sorrow for the havoc he’d wreaked persecuting the body of Christ?
It doesn’t matter. God heard. God saw.
…and during Paul’s prayer God told Ananias to go to fulfill the vision of healing that Paul had. Ananias wasn’t so sure it was a good idea. He’d heard of Paul and His exploits against Christians. …Of his pure evil against the saints. But, God reassured Ananias. And, God gave Ananias specific directions in how to find the house. He basically gave him the address! What a God of details! And so, Ananias obeyed.
This world changing, history altering, heart transforming story reassures me that my precious Father sees and hears prayer. He always sees me praying and just like He did with Ananias and Paul, God will work things behind the scenes in ways I may never realize. God always sees you pray, too, dear saint! He will never turn away from you in disgust or frustration. He will reach out to you just like he reached out to Paul and offer you a renewed heart and a fresh start. He can be trusted because He is faithful! God will make what needs to happen, happen.
He is the Master Orchestrator of Things Unseen. He is the One who hears and sees you praying. God hears your heart even when you have no words. He sees you sit in His presence, drawing near to Him in speechless pain. He also sees you leap at Him with arms outstretched in joy and hears you when your words flood out without a breath in childlike excitement!
He hears. He sees. And He has the answers.
What’s your hearts cry today?
(About Glorious Grace Fridays: On Fridays (all or some) I’ll be sharing what God’s laying on my heart through the Bible study Glorious Grace that I’m doing with the Hello Mornings ministry. I’m also linking up with Katie over at the HelloMornings blog.)