In his hour of need, the psalmist prayed to God for help because he believed that God listens and responds. The psalmist’s hope was not disappointed. The psalmist thanked the Lord with praises in the remainder of his song. Jesus likewise expressed confidence in the truth that God hears when he raised Lazarus from the dead: “Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out” (John 11:41 – 44). Notice that Jesus expressed thanks to God before God had even answered because he was so sure that his Father would hear and respond.
Throughout the Bible, God urges his people to pray with confidence that he will listen and respond. In Proverbs 15:29 we read, "The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous." In Jeremiah 29:12, the prophet writes, "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you." Over in the Gospels we read in Mark 11:24, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." and in 1 John 5:14, "And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." Folks, HE HEARS YOU! Once you ask, HE faithfully answers, and your appropriate response (like that of the psalmist and of Christ) should be thankful praise!
Jesus, in our hour of need, help us to always turn to you first, because you always hear us and you never disappoint. Thank you for answering our prayers—the ones we’ve already prayed and the ones we haven’t even thought of yet. In Jesus Name, Amen.