“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me” (Micah 7:7).

The power of prayer rests in the faith that God hears our prayers. It is this faith that gives us courage to pray; that gives us power to prevail with God. The moment I am assured that God hears me, I feel drawn to pray and to persevere in prayer.

One of the reasons for a lack of prayer is the lack of a living joyous assurance that God hears us. If only we could get a vision of the living God waiting with open arms to grant our request. Wouldn’t we then set aside everything to make time and space for the prayer of faith? When a man can and does declare in living faith, “My God will hear me!” surely nothing will keep him from prayer. He knows that what he cannot do on earth can and will be done for him in heaven. Let us kneel in quietness before God and wait on Him until He reveals Himself as the God who hears. Christ sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. God delights in hearing our prayers. He has allowed us to be tried many times so that we might be compelled to cry out to Him and to know Him as the God who hears prayer. Ordinary and insignificant though I am, filling a very small space in His kingdom, even I have access to this infinite God with the confidence that he hears me. What a blessed prospect! Every earthly and spiritual anxiety is exchanged for the peace of God who cares for all and hears our prayers. What a blessed prospect in my work of prayer—to know that even when the answer is delayed and there is a call for patient, persevering prayer, the truth remains the same: Our God hears us.

Adapted from “Power in Prayer” by Andrew Murray