A Prayer for Someone to Listen

In Job 31:35, Job cries out, “If only someone would listen to me!” Do you share Job’s sentiment? Do you feel alone, and though no one will listen to you?

In Job’s story, there were three close friends of his whom, upon hearing of his tragedy, came to comfort and console him. They sat with him for seven days and nights without saying a word since they saw that his suffering was too great for words.

Yet, when Job finally spoke after the seven days, his friends did not listen. Each one, in turn, had Job’s plight entirely figured out. They continued to speak, rambling on and on, pouring salt in each and every one of Job’s many wounds.

Not only did Job’s friends not listen to what he had to say, they accused him of being arrogant, faithless, disobedient, and guilty of all manner of hidden sins! Certainly, with friends like Job had, he didn’t need enemies.

In desperation for someone to listen, Job cried out to God, criticizing Him and assuming He would not listen, either. But, God did listen. God did respond. He lovingly and firmly reminded Job of his place in the world.

Then, God blessed Job beyond anything he could ever hope or imagine.

God can and will listen to you, too, and He has the ability to bless you beyond anything you could ever hope or imagine.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You that Your Word reminds us that You bend down and listen to us. Because You listen, we will pray as long as we have breath, Father (Psalm 116:2).

Thank You, Lord, for being always with us to comfort us in our loneliness and to listen to each and every thought that enters our mind. You are so great, Father. We are totally and completely amazed that You are even mindful of us at all, for we are but a vapor.

Father, help us to listen to others. Help us to hear them when they truly need to be heard. Help us to take up the cause of the weak and wounded, Father, as You take up our every concern and cause.

Please forgive us for our arrogance in days past. We come humbly to You, Father, thanking You for the gift of life. May we use each and every breath that You give us for Your glory and Your honor, Father.

Lord, You know we groan within our solitude. Please grant relief, and through our groaning, may we learn what You desire for us to learn.

For it is in Your precious, holy name we pray.



Anonymous said…
Your devotionals are always so uplifting. Thank you Priscilla.

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