In this post I am sharing an experience that I had with my seven-year old daughter that taught me something very powerful about prayer and more specifically praying with the intent purpose of God hearing me. Now, as believers we know many, many scriptures about prayer and I am sure many of us can quote several without even trying. But, that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about really, really, beseeching God so that he will turn his attention, incline his ear and hear our prayer.
My seven-year old Faith is always asking for something, wanting something, or needing something and I have grown accustomed to “hearing” her request while multitasking and doing other things. For example, I can be cooking, doing laundry, talking on the phone and still “hear” what she wants without really turning my face to her or giving her my attention. I know her footsteps well and I can distinguish between Heaven’s footsteps, Faith’s footsteps and my husband’s footsteps. So, I can generally tell who is approaching me when I am at home.
Even when I am driving, Faith can ask me for something, or ask me about something and I can generally answer her without taking my eyes of the road. Now, one evening she was exceptionally distressed and she really, really needed my attention but like normal I was busy doing other things. I proceeded to answer her just like I answer her all other times – not looking at her and without giving her my full attention. Then she did something quite remarkable – she came to me and put her hands on my face and gently nudged my face. She said ” Mommy I need you to look at me, please can you turn to me?” It was then I realized she really wanted my attention and she was serious. And immediately, I stopped what I was doing and did exactly what she asked – I turned to her, I turned to her and gave her my attention. I inclined my ear to her cry and looked to see what my baby girl needed.
After that experience, the Spirit quickened me and I realized that is exactly what I needed to do in prayer. I needed to pray in such a manner that the Lord would turn his face, hear my prayer and incline his ear to me. There are many instances where men and women of God needed Jehovah God to turn his face to them. Psalms is filled with many, many examples where David asked the Lord to “Make Your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.” (Psalms 119:35)
In Psalms 102:2, David prays “Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly”. Sometimes when we desire to hear from the Lord, we have to actively beseech the Lord so that he will turn to us and hear us when we pray. Just like Faith’s actions caused me to stop and turn to her, the right actions in prayer can cause the Lord to stop, turn to you and answer your call.
My beloved sisters and friends, if you need the Lord today perhaps you need to consider this little story the next time you kneel in prayer. Grab your bible and read out of Psalms and see if you cannot cause the Lord to turn to you and hear your prayer!