“My God Will Hear Me”
By Andrew Murray (1828 – 1917)
“…Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you.... Blessed are all they that wait for Him. …He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee” (Isa. 30:18-19).
“…The Lord will hear when I call unto Him” (Psa. 4:3).
“I have called upon Thee, for Thou wilt hear me, O God…” (Psa. 17:6).
“…I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me” (Mic. 7:7).
The power of prayer rests in the faith that God hears it. It is this faith that gives a man courage to pray. It is this faith that gives him power to prevail with God. The moment I am assured that God hears me too, I feel drawn to pray and to persevere in prayer. I feel strong to claim and to take in faith the answer God gives. One great reason of lack of prayer is the want of the living, joyous assurance: “My God will hear me!” If God’s servants got a vision of the living God waiting to grant their request, and to bestow all the heavenly gifts of the Spirit they are in need of for themselves or those they are serving, how everything would be set aside to make time and room for this one only power that can ensure heavenly blessing – the prayer of faith!
When a man can and does say in living faith, “My God will hear me!” surely nothing can keep him from prayer. He knows that what he cannot do or get done on earth, can and will be done for him from heaven. Let each one of us bow in stillness before God, and wait on Him to reveal Himself as the prayer-hearing God.
1. “My God will hear me.” What a blessed certainty! We have God’s Word for it in numberless promises. We have thousands of witnesses to the fact that they have found it true. We have had experience of it in our lives. We have had the Son of God come from heaven with the message that if we ask, the Father will give. We have had Himself praying on earth, and being heard. And we have Him in heaven now, sitting at the right hand of God and making intercession for us. God delights to hear prayer. He has allowed His people a thousand times over to be tried, that they might be compelled to cry to Him, and learn to know Him as the Hearer of Prayer.
Let us confess with shame how little we have believed this wondrous truth, in the sense of receiving it into our heart and allowing it to possess and control our whole being. Beseech God to reveal Himself to you. Bow in silence each time before you pray to worship this God, to wait till there rests on you some right sense of His nearness and readiness to answer. So will you begin to pray with the words, “My God will hear me!”
2. “My God will hear me.” Think of God in His infinite majesty, His altogether incomprehensible glory, His unapproachable holiness, sitting on a throne of grace, waiting to be gracious, inviting, encouraging you to pray with His promise: “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee…” (Jer. 33:3).
Think of yourself in your nothingness and helplessness as a creature; in your wretchedness and transgressions as a sinner; in your feebleness and unworthiness as a saint. But think of how you are not left to yourself, and what you can accomplish. God has united you with Christ; in Him and His Name you have your confidence. On the throne Christ prays with you and for you; on the footstool of the throne you pray with Him and in Him. His worth, and the Father’s delight in hearing Him are the measure of your confidence, your assurance of being heard. Think of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God’s own Son, sent into your heart to cry, “Abba, Father” and to be in you a Spirit of supplication when you know not what to pray as you ought (Rom. 8:26-27).
Think, in all your insignificance and unworthiness, of your being as acceptable as Christ Himself. Think in all your ignorance and feebleness, of the Spirit making intercession according to God within you and cry out, “What wondrous grace! Through Christ I have access to the Father, by the Spirit. I can, I do believe it!”
3. “My God will hear me.” There are difficulties that cannot but at times arise and perplex even the honest heart. There is the question as to God’s sovereign, all-wise, all-disposing will. Were it not better to leave all to His disposal who knows what is best and loves to give us the very best? There is the question as to the need of persevering prayer and long waiting for the answer. If God be Infinite Lord, and delights more to give than we are to receive, where is the need for pleading and wrestling, the urgency and the long delay of which Scripture and experience speak? What of the multitude of apparently vain and unanswered prayers? To think of all this tries our faith and makes us hesitate as we say, “My God will hear me!”
As little as we can comprehend God can we comprehend this, one of the most blessed of His attributes – that He hears prayer. God hears because we pray in His Son, and because the Holy Spirit prays in us. The Holy Spirit can enable us to believe and rejoice in it, even where every question is not yet answered. He will do this as we lay our questionings in God’s bosom, trust His faithfulness, and give ourselves humbly to obey His command to pray without ceasing.
4. “My God will hear me.” What a solemn responsibility! How often we complain of darkness, or feebleness, or failure, as if there were no help for it. Yet God has promised in answer to our prayer to supply our every need, and give us His light and strength and peace. Would that we realized the responsibility of having such a God and such promises and yet being guilty of the sin and shame of not availing ourselves of them to the utmost. How confident we should feel that the grace which we have accepted and trusted to enable us to pray as we should, will be given.
This access to a prayer-hearing God is especially meant to make us intercessors for our fellow men. Christ obtained His right of prevailing intercession by giving Himself a sacrifice to God for men, and through it receives the blessings He dispenses. Even so, if we have truly with Christ given ourselves to God for men, we share His right of intercession, and are able to obtain the powers of the heavenly world for them, too. In answer to prayer the Spirit can be poured out, souls can be converted, believers can be established. In prayer the kingdom of darkness can be conquered, souls brought out of prison into the liberty of Christ, and the glory of God be revealed. Through prayer the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, can be wielded in power, and in public preaching as in private speaking, the most rebellious can be brought to bow at Jesus’ feet.
What a responsibility on the church to give herself to the work of intercession! What a responsibility on every minister, missionary and worker set apart for the saving of souls – to yield himself wholly to act out and prove his faith: “My God will hear me!” What a call on every believer, instead of burying and losing this talent, to seek to the very utmost to use it in prayer and supplication for all saints and for all men. The deeper our entrance into the truth of this wondrous power God has given to men, the more wholehearted will be our surrender to the work of intercession.
5. “My God will hear me.” What a blessed prospect! I see that my failure, especially in the work of intercession, has had its deepest root in this: I did not live in the full faith of the blessed assurance, “My God will hear me!” Praise God, I begin to see it, I believe it! All can be different. Or rather, I see Him, I believe Him. Yes, me, even me! Commonplace and insignificant though I be, filling but a very little place so that I will scarcely be missed when I go – even I have access to this Infinite God, with the confidence that He hears me.
One with Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, I dare to say: “I will pray for others, for I am sure my God will listen to me.” What a blessed prospect before me: every earthly and spiritual anxiety exchanged for the peace of God, who cares for all and hears prayer. What a blessed prospect in my work: to know that even when the answer is long delayed and there is a call for much patient, persevering prayer, the truth remains infallibly sure that “My God will hear me!”
And what a blessed prospect for Christ’s church if we could all give prayer its place, give faith in God its place, or rather, give the prayer-hearing God His place! Is not this the one great thing that those who begin to see the urgent need of prayer ought to pray for? When God at the first, time after time poured forth the Spirit on His praying people, He laid down the law for all time: as much of prayer, so much of the Spirit. Let each one who can say, “My God will hear me!” join in the fervent supplication that throughout the church that truth may be restored to its true place. Then the blessed prospect will be realized: a praying church will be endued with the power of the Holy Ghost.
6. “My God will hear me.” What a need of divine teaching! We need this both to enable us to hold this word in living faith and to make full use of it in intercession. It cannot be said too often or too earnestly that it is very needful for the church of our day to have the power of the Holy Spirit. It is so from the divine side and as truly so from the human side that there is extreme need for more prayer, more believing, persevering prayer for the Spirit.
In speaking of lack of the Spirit’s power and the condition for receiving it, there is much to be confessed and taken away in us if the Spirit is to work freely. But also sadly lacking are the upward look, and the deep dependence, and the strong crying to God, and the effectual prayer of faith that avails. And it is this that is the thing most needful. Might God so reveal Himself as the prayer-hearing God that our whole being may respond, “My God will hear me!”
– Abridged from The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray.