ESV - 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
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God wants us to know that He hears us. The best way I know that you can experience this is by asking God to show you that He hears your prayers & then watch for His answer. Please don't think I'm suggesting that God is a performer, because I am not. God wants you to know He loves you & hears you. There are some prayers that we ask that either take longer to answer than we like, or the answer may be "no". But somehow, some way, God will let you know He sees you. I have just been studying the names of God. One of the names is El Roi "God who sees me". Just think, even Elijah, a wonderful prophet of God, was afraid, and felt defeated and felt God didn't see him and felt he might as well die. (See 1 Kings 19:3) But God did see him and gave him bread & water & helped him get back his strength. (1 Kings 19:4-6). And another story where even though the participants are living lives where they are doing things contrary to God's wishes, God still sees them. This story is where a young woman has had a baby for her mistress, which God did not want to happen. The young woman has acted poorly, the mistress has acted poorly, and the father has acted poorly. We find the young woman named Hagar, mother to Ishmael, laying with her dying baby under a broom tree with no water after she has run away. (See the story of Hagar, Sarai & Abraham in Genesis 16). An Angel of the Lord appears to Hagar & tells her to "go back & live with your mistress as you should". The Angel also told her that she was to name him Ishmael, because God had heard her woes, he further said that he would be a "great nation", but that he would be a "wild man". After that Hagar spoke of God -- because that was who actually appeared to her -- "as, the God who looked upon me." But, it isn't just Bible stories who these thing happen to. When I first started praying, like you, I didn't know how God could hear every prayer. But as my faith has grown, I realize that nothing is impossible for God. Keep talking to Him, keep praying to Him, keep asking the Holy Spirit to help you study the Bible and your faith will grow. God bless you.
Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I say to you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." It is evident that we must first believe that God hears us when we pray! Simply trusting in His promises, because God cannot lie! There are two more verses of Scripture that I would like to share: 1 John 5:14: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us; 15 And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." These verses of Scripture are confirming one another! We do not need a man or a woman to confirm the Word of God for us, we simply need to take God at His Word!
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