Does God really hear my prayer?
By Rita Davidson
Ever wonder what God must think of our prayers? I mean they sound like,
“God please help me pay the power bill this month?”
“God please help me have patience today”
“God please get us a bigger house”
Maybe some of yours sound like that? I have some intentions I’ve been praying for 25 years. Others are now passing the few year mark. Others have been granted in quite miraculous ways. Like the time we prayed to find our septic system. We needed to find the tank so we could get it pumped out.
Simple enough? Well, months passed and then a year and we still hadn’t located it. After a quick novena to St. Therese, low and behold we found it hiding under our rose bush! Right under our noses! J Thank you St. Therese!
Another time I was waiting for a loved one to return home. Too much time seemed to have passed and I was beginning to slowly panic. Trying to keep calm I decided to say the rosary. Sure enough during the Finding in the Temple, I heard their footsteps returning!
God is good!
After our fire, we still have so much to pray for. Losing everything except the clothes on our back is a lot to recover from. Knowing nothing can happen without it being God’s will, takes a lot of faith, not to be angry at God for all we have lost. Our home, our belongings, our business, our van and more; all gone in a matter of minutes. Memories, like my wedding dress, baby teeth, family heirlooms and photo’s, I could go on and on. It is only with tremendous faith, that we can side with God after such a tragedy and say, Gods will be done.
I hear people saying God never listens. Does God really hear my prayer?
The more we trust God, the more we will ask of Him. He has said, “Those who ask, shall receive.”
Isn’t it always interesting how we always manage to have just enough money, but nothing extra? Or how if we get an extra $100 we often end up with a surprise bill, equal to that? It’s almost like God plans for us to never have more than we need. But, perhaps that’s because we never honor God with asking for more than we need?
I mean is it really so wrong to ask for a larger house, more money, a good job, or vocations in your family? Some of us get “stuck” on details. Always thinking the lot in life for us Catholics is to be insignificant and poor. And for some of us, it is.
I used to think so, and I still do; kinda. But after our fire, I ran across a chapter, in one of the donated books we got, and it made me think. I knew I just had to share this with you.
“The only reason why we obtain so little from God is because we ask for so little and we are not insistent enough.”
Is that shocking or what? Perhaps we are just not asking enough?
Written by Bl. Claude de la Columbiere, in the 16th century, published in Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, in 1961:
“Christ promised on behalf of His Father that He would give us everything, even the very smallest things. But He laid down an order to be observed in all we ask, and if we do not obey this rule, we are unlikely to obtain anything.”
He continues with this rule, “He tells us in St. Matthew. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice and all these things shall be given to you besides.”
He goes on to tell us, it is not forbidden to ask for money or material things, but that we must ask for the larger things, so that God will give us the smaller things as well.
As an example of this proper prayer he says, “Either free me from poverty, or make it so pleasant for me that I would not exchange it for all the wealth in the world.”
By putting God first in our prayers, we can be assured that He will answer all that we need since our heart is properly disposed already.
Bl. Claude continues, “…it must be repeated that as long as we are content with little, we run the risk of obtaining nothing.”
Either way, we must be happy with God’s answer. Regardless of what we get, it is His will and His will is always perfect for us. Yes, even this house fire of ours, was His perfect will for us. Why? How? Well, we all walked out alive from it, what greater gift could God give us than that? And I’ve lived to tell you about it!
So, pray all the more, pray all the harder, and ask bigger that God may hear you. Truly praying with a resigned heart and seek God’s Kingdom first. God will reward you with all you desire and even more, according to His will.
Are you willing to pray all the harder now? 🙂
I am !
Rita Xo 🙂
Resources: Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, St. Raphael Editions, 1961
Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.
Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is founder of Little Flowers Family and now a happy Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!