Introvert or extrovert, I’m not sure which category best describes you. Even though I am an extrovert, there are moments when I take pause as an introvert. If I walk into a room full of people I don’t know I may be less likely to speak, and I may wonder: Do any of these people care about what I have to say?
While you may wonder if people care about what you have to say, that should never be a concern with God: Jesus was always interested in His disciples, and He intently listened to them—He wanted to hear them speak and to tell Him what was on their hearts.
With God, eloquent speech is not a prerequisite to being heard. He is attentive to our prayers, and they have the fragrance of incense to Him (Revelation 5:8).
The Gospels are a record of God hearing prayers and responding to the needs of people. Jesus listened and responded to the cry of a man who was born blind, and he intervened in the lives of the cripple, the deaf, the prostitute, and the leper.
Society had turned its back on each of them, but Jesus listened and welcomed them. While others rejected them, Jesus listened and loved them.
The Psalms have a lot to say about the care of God for His people and His response to their prayers:
- Psalm 8 remind us that God is mindful” of us: We are on His mind of God and in His heart.
- Psalm 5 encourage us to begin each day with God: My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up
- Psalm 55:17 indicates that we should speak to God throughout the day: Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.
God listens, and He extends this invitation to you: Call unto me, and I will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3).