Devotions by Max Lucado
God Hears Our Prayers
“The LORD hears good people when they cry out to him, and he saves the from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17
When [a friend] told Jesus of the illness [of Lazarus] he said, “Lord, the one you love is sick” (John 11:3). He doesn’t base his appeal on the imperfect love of the one in need, but on the perfect love of the Savior. He doesn’t say, “The one who loves you is sick.” He says, “The one you love is sick.” The power of the prayer, in other words, does not depend on the one who makes the prayer, but on the One who hears the prayer. We can and must repeat the phrase in manifold ways. “The one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, depressed.” The words of the prayer vary, but the response never changes. The Savior hears the prayer. He silences heaven, so he won’t miss a word. He hears the prayer.
The power of prayer does not depend on us but on the One who hears our prayers.
Take some time to sit and meditate on this, consider journaling your thoughts. If you’re having trouble getting started, answer this: Why is this statement true? Explain.