Psalm 116:1-2 (New King James Version)
I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.
It is a great comfort to know when we pray the Lord not only hears us but He listens. He loves us with an everlasting love. His love for us is far greater than we can understand. He calls us over and over again in scripture to pray. He shows us example after example of His faithfulness when His people have prayed.
The writer of this Psalm says “He has heard my voice and my supplications”. The word supplications means earnest prayer. We are told in James that the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. When you are in the presence of someone who is praying it is a much different experience when you are listening to someone who knows they are heard by God. They know nothing is impossible, and they know God is faithful to move. Therefore they are relentless in the place of prayer crying out to God.
The writer says “He has inclined His ear to me”. This is a picture of God sitting upon His throne. Stopping all that He is doing to incline His ear to us. Sometimes we may wonder if what we are facing is worth praying about or if God even cares. Jesus tells us that our Father knows every hair that is on the top of our heads. He has numbered them. Jesus has given us the example of the lilies and the sparrows to show us how much our Father cares about us. He is calling us to pray.
Because of all this the writer says “therefore, I will call upon Him as long as I live”. The goal of every Christian should be that their very life be a house of prayer. No matter the need or situation, when we know we need help and intervention from Almighty God we should stop and cry out to Him. Too many times we look to so many other places for help. But what God is showing us in this season is the only thing we can trust is Him. He is bidding us to draw near, to pray, to know Him intimately. May we accept the invitation and draw near with confidence and without fear.
Father, today I come before you and I thank you that you hear me when I pray. Father, I thank you that you are concerned about every detail of my life. I pray your will be done and your kingdom come in my life. I pray that every purpose and plan that you have destined for me would be poured out in your time and according to your will. May my heart be fully surrendered to you. May you be my obsession and my desire. In the name of Jesus. Amen!