Does God hear my prayers?
A family are at home.
Mum and Dad are on the sofa with their youngest, Bella. The eldest, Sophie, is upstairs in her room. Jack – the family’s daydreamer - is wandering around the garden.
Sophie’s hungry. She shouts downstairs, asking if it’s time for lunch. Nobody hears her.
Jack’s found a spider devouring a fly. He’s calling for his parents to come. His parents see him through the window but they’re joyfully listening to Bella.
Jack can see them looking but they’re not coming.
Sophie, Jack or Bella?
In prayer, we often feel like Sophie. Our prayers seem like they go no further than our four walls.
Sometimes we might feel like Jack. We think our Father probably hears us but we’re not sure. He’s most likely busy doing other things.
As Sophies and Jacks, we forget two sweet, gospel truths.
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (Matthew 27:50)
The temple curtain represented the barrier between sinful human beings and a holy God. When Jesus died to make us holy, the barrier was literally torn in two.
No barrier. No window. No walls. Nothing.
In Jesus we have full access to our Father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)
It’s not just that our Father hears us. He’s longing to listen.
He wants us to come to him with our many worries, our many requests. He loves it when we do. As Christians, we’re all Bellas.
And with the delight and full attention of our heavenly Father, why wouldn't we want to pray?