THE GOD WHO HEARS

TEXT:
Psalm 65:2 "O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come."
Hebrews 11:6 "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."

I. IT'S GODíS NATURE TO HEAR

  A.  IT IS ONE OF GODíS NAMES
    1.  He inspired the Psalmist to call Him "THOU THAT HEAREST PRAYER"
    2.  In todayís English, His name is, THE ONE WHO HEARS PRAYER
    3.  He selected this title for Himself and delights to be called by it.
    4.  He loves to be called, THE ONE WHO HEARS PRAYER

  B.  GODíS ATTRIBUTES ARE REVEALED IN HIS NAMES
    1.  T.C. Horton has written a book titled, "THE WONDERFUL NAMES OF OUR
        WONDERFUL LORD."
    2.  He lists the various names of God and explains the attributes which are found in those names.
    3.  One of the names which he mentions is this one in Psalm 65:2 "THOU THAT HEAREST
        PRAYER" is a Hebrew name for God.
    4.  God inspired the psalmist to call Him "THE GOD WHO ANSWERS PRAYER."

II. WE MUST BELIEVE HE HEARS

  A.  GOD IS JEALOUS OF HIS REPUTATION AS ONE WHO ANSWERS
    1.  Heb. 11:6 states, "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."
    2.  Before anyone can come to God he must believe two things.
    3.  First, he must believe that there is a God.
    4.  Second, he must believe that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
    5.  That means, he must believe that God answers prayer.
    6.  No one can approach Him, unless they believe that God answers prayer.
    7.  No one can be saved, unless they believe that God answers prayer.
    8.  No one can please God, unless they believe that God answers prayer.

  B.  THE NUMBER ONE ATTRIBUTE
    1.  The one attribute that all must acknowledge before approaching God is He is THE
        GOD WHO HEARS AND ANSWERS PRAYER.
    2.  When one comes to God, he is not necessarily required to acknowledge that God
        is CREATOR.
    3.  When one comes to God, he is not necessarily required to acknowledge that God is
        ALL POWERFUL.
    4.  ÖALL KNOWING.
    5.  ÖOMNIPRESENT (or everywhere)
    6.  What is required is to acknowledge that GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!

  C.  THIS IS THE HEART OF GODíS NATURE
    1.  This reveals His power.
    2.  This reveals His wisdom.
    3.  This reveals His grace and mercy.
    4.  This reveals His love.
    5.  Heís THE GOD WHO ANSWERS PRAYER

III. FALSE VIEWS OF PRAYER

  A.  SOME CLAIM GOD IS LIMITED BY NATURAL LAW
    1.  Some stress natural law over God.
    2.  They claim that God is the servant of nature.
    3.  They claim that He is limited by the laws of nature.
    4.  They have forgotten that GOD CREATED THE LAWS OF NATURE!
    5.  They are limiting God.
    6.  They are minimizing faith and displeasing God.
    7.  He that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that
        diligently seek Him.
 
  B.  SOME CLAIM THE DISPENSATION OF MIRACLES HAS PASSED
    1.  They claim that God used to answer prayer, but not anymore.
    2.  They are making God into a has been.
    3.  They are claiming that God was more willing to send rain to the Jews of a previous
        generation than He is to send rain to a blood washed, born-again, Holy Spirit-filled church.
    4.  They seem to think that the Jews got all the earthly blessings and we get all the spiritual
        blessings.
    5.  That means they got ½ of God and we got the other ½ !
    6.  The fact is, WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!
         James 4:2-3
         2  "Öyet ye have not, because ye ask not.
         3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

IV.  EVERY ATTRIBUTE OF GOD IS IMPLIED IN THE FACT THAT HE HEARS AND ANSWERS PRAYER

  A.  FIRST, A PRAYER HEARING GOD IS OBVIOUSLY A LIVING GOD
    1.  He is not an idol of wood or stone or paper mache.
    2.  In 1Kings 18, when the priests of Baal cried out for their god to hear them and answer,
        there was no answer.
    3.  Elijah mocked them.
    4.  He said, perhaps he is asleep.  Perhaps he is using the bathroom. Perhaps you should
        shout louder where he can hear you.
    5.  The problem was, there god was merely an idol.
    6.  An idol has eyes but does not see.
    7.  An idol has ears but does not hear.
    8.  An idol has a mouth but does not speak.
    9.  A God who hears prayer is a living God.

  B.  SECOND, A PRAYER HEARING GOD IS AN ALL-KNOWING GOD
    1.  How else could He hear and answer the prayers of all people, in all languages, of all nations,
        all over the world?
    2.  How else could He know whether or not your prayer was a prayer of faith?
    3.  How else could He discern this about all those who are praying to Him even now?
    4.  He was wise enough to plan the whole universe and set it in motion and He is wise enough
        to know each of our hearts when we come to Him in prayer.
    5.  He is a limitless God, who knows all things!

  C.  THIRD, A PRAYER ANSWERING GOD IS AN ALL POWERFUL GOD
    1.  If God answers prayer for rain, He must have power over the weather.
    2.  If God answers prayer for good crops, He must control the sun, the wind, the rain, the
        insects, and the very life within the seed.
    3.  If God answers prayer for healing, then He must control every cell in your body.
    4.  If God answers prayer for revival, then He must have influence upon the soul of a man.
    5.  In Joshua 10:12-13, Joshua asked for the sun to stand still, and God granted his petition.
        God is all powerful!  He controls the whole universe! (Can I have a good Amen?)

  D.  FOURTH, A PRAYER ANSWERING GOD IS A GOD OF MERCY
    1.  God knows our past and He knows we donít deserve to have prayer answered.
    2.  As sinners, we deserve to be forsaken and abandoned.
    3.  But, Godís mercy and love is boundless.
    4.  Romans 5:20 "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."

CONCLUSION:
If God is a God who hears and answers prayer, then let us pray!
God never commanded us to SING without ceasing.
God never commanded us to PREACH without ceasing.
God never commanded us to GIVE without ceasing.
God never commanded us to WORK without ceasing.
But, in 1Thes5:17 God commands us to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!



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