This is an interesting question because we usually judge whether or not someone is listening by the response we receive from that individual.
If we wonder if God is listening, we’re likely looking for a response of some sort from God. We could get into trouble here if there is a particular outcome that we desire. If that outcome or result doesn’t appear or occur the assumption is that God isn’t listening.
When you think about it, often our requests to God are pleas for outcomes that we think are beyond our reach or influence to obtain or produce.
We ask God when the thing we long for seems impossibly out of reach.
Maybe we’d like a new job – one that’s fun, challenging, and high paying with great benefits and perfect hours. So what mindset are we asking from?
Are we asking from a perspective that such a job doesn’t exist? Perhaps we feel it might but there’s no way we’d be considered.
Do you see the problem? We’re wanting proof that God is listening by the results we receive and we’re not even believing what we’re asking for is possible. We’re all blocked up. Our receptors are clogged!
We can’t receive because we don’t believe.
The solution? Don’t ask for the impossible – or what you THINK is impossible.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.(KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (KJV)
Ask for something that you actually believe you can receive.
Ask for a cup of coffee. (Don’t like coffee? Pick something equivalent!)
I’m serious. Do you doubt that God can cause you to receive a cup of coffee? From somewhere unexpected?
A relationship with God has to start somewhere and sometimes we have to prove to ourselves that God is listening and responding.
So ask for that cup of coffee and don’t think about how it may be delivered or by whom. Let go of all attachments as to where it comes from.
You will soon be enjoying a great cup of coffee.
I have done this. When the coffee came I almost forgot that I had asked for it. Moral of the story? Pay attention!
God is listening – I can tell you that – but I want you to know it for yourself and only you can prove it to yourself.
Go ask for that coffee.
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