Sometimes late at night, I’ve found myself crying out to God, wondering if He is even listening at all. Jesus once said, “I knew that you always hear Me,” when praying to His heavenly Father. (John 11:42) I think to myself, if God would only listen to me like He listened to Jesus, then my prayers would be heard. Then my prayers would be answered. If you are a Christian and have ever asked the question, “God, why can’t you hear me?” then I want to remind you of something very important. I want to remind you who you are.
King George VI
A film was made about King George VI entitled the King’s Speech. I would not recommend it to everyone due to some profanity, but it tells a powerful story nonetheless. In the film, King George VI attempts to cope with a speech impediment, and all the while he is required to give public speeches for the purpose of leading and encouraging the nation during a time of crisis. He works diligently with a speech therapist named Lionel Logue, who realizes that the king’s problem is not so much that he cannot speak but rather that he does not realize his right to be heard. He does not know who he is. Though he has been told on countless occasions, he has trouble understanding and embracing the authority that has been given to him.
At one critical moment in the film, Logue and King George are arguing and Logue asks him, “Why should I listen to you?” and King George answers him, “Because I have a right to be heard!” To Logue, it was only partially about teaching the king the proper way to speak. More importantly, it was about reminding him who he was and the authority that he had been given as king. Once he got a hold of that fact, he was able to speak; and consequently, he could be heard.
We Are Children of the King
As Christians, we sometimes search and search for the perfect prayer to pray or the right timing to ask God for something, but why then do we still end up asking the question, “Why can’t God hear me?” The truth is that God does hear us. He hears the voice of His children. Jesus says in Matthew 21:22, “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” As children, when we asked our earthly father for something, most of us had little difficulty believing that he would listen to us and do what was best for us. Or if you have children, do you not listen to them when they ask you for something? If we are born again, then we are children of God! We are children of the King!
Your Identity in Christ
In Matthew 7:11, Jesus says “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” God hears you. Talk to Him. Ask Him. He hears you. If you say, “I just don’t feel like He’s going to answer me! I just don’t feel like He is listening!” How much time have you spent with Him lately? How much time does a son or daughter spend with their father? If you are a child of God and you think God doesn’t hear you, then you need to remind yourself who you are in Christ. We have been given as amazing gift of righteousness and redemption. Now I can think of no better place for us to find our identity than at the feet of our Savior, Jesus.