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Does God listen to our cry?

God’s attentiveness to our prayers and cries is a common question for many believers. In times of suffering, we may feel that our prayers go unheard. Yet the Bible offers hope that God does indeed hear us. Looking at verses about God’s care and characteristics helps build faith that he listens. Examining reasons for unanswered prayers also provides perspective. Though we may not always receive the answers we desire, we can trust God hears our cries and responds in love.

What does the Bible say about God hearing our prayers?

The Bible contains many verses testifying that God hears and responds to our prayers. For example:

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” (1 John 5:14)

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” (James 5:13-15)

These and many other verses assure believers that God listens attentively to our prayers. He promises to respond and grant requests aligned with his will. Therefore, we can have confidence lifting our hearts to him.

What does the Bible reveal about God’s ability to hear us?

Not only does the Bible say God hears our prayers, it also describes his infinite power and knowledge affirming that capability. Consider the following verses:

“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” (Psalm 147:5)

“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.'” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

“O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1-3)

As an all-powerful, all-knowing God, he possesses the capability to hear every prayer and attend to every cry simultaneously. No matter where we are or how quietly we pray, our words cannot escape his hearing. God’s infinite nature ensures he is able to listen to each of us.

How do God’s attributes confirm he hears us?

In addition to power and knowledge, God’s character affirms his tender awareness of our prayers. Consider these attributes:

God is good. “You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.” (Psalm 119:68) God’s goodness moves him to respond to our cries for help.

God is loving. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) His deep love motivates him to listen compassionately.

God is merciful. “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86:15) His mercy inclines him to listen patiently and sympathetically.

God is our Father. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1) Like a good father, he attentively listens to his children’s concerns.

Who God is assurances us he hears and cares. His character confirms his tender awareness of our cries. Even when we feel unheard, we can trust him.

Why does it sometimes feel like God is not listening?

If God hears our prayers, why does it sometimes feel like he is not listening? Here are some possible reasons:

We become impatient for answers. We live in a culture of instant responses. But God often works in ways and timing beyond our perspective. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

We expect specific outcomes. We pray ardently for particular results. When God answers differently than expected, we think he is not listening. But his ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). He knows what is truly best.

Life’s chaos and noise distract us. The swirl of activities, responsibilities and stress make it hard to hear God’s voice. We must intentionally seek him to discern his response. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

Spiritual warfare intensifies doubt. The enemy tries convincing us God does not really listen or care, fueling feelings of abandonment and hopelessness. But we can resist such lies with God’s truth (James 4:7).

Rather than meaning God doesn’t hear us, these experiences should deepen our faith in his unchanging character.

What hinders God from answering our prayers?

More than just our distorted perceptions, there are things that can obstruct God’s responses to our prayers. Consider how these factors influence his ability to answer:

Sin. Unrepentant sin hinders our relationship with God and His receptiveness to our requests (Isaiah 59:2).

Wrong motives. Praying for selfish purposes or with wrong heart attitudes moves us away from God’s listening ear (James 4:3).

Unforgiveness. If we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us and blocks answers to prayers (Mark 11:25).

Indifference to suffering. Neglecting the needs of others and not showing mercy contradicts God’s character and priorities (Proverbs 21:13).

Broken relationships. Harboring unresolved conflicts with others damages our unity with God and the community needed for powerful prayers (Matthew 5:23-24).

While these things can obstruct God’s responses, repentance and alignment with his heart restores our access to his ear.

Why does God sometimes delay answering prayers?

We pray, yet God seems slow to respond. Why does he delay at times? Consider some possible reasons:

To test and strengthen our faith. Waiting deepens trust in God’s faithfulness and future answers (Romans 5:3-4).

To align us with his timing and purposes. God works on a grand timeline beyond our view. Delays position us to participate in his bigger plan.

To prepare circumstances. God sets events in motion in us and others to prompt breakthroughs. His timing accounts for these processes.

To make us rely fully on him. Delays strip away self-sufficiency so we cling to God in dependent trust, the posture he desires.

To purify our motives and desires. Waiting reveals deeper issues and wrongful aims God wants to fix in us first.

Rather than meaning lack of love, God’s delays express his wisdom and desire for our spiritual maturity. They purge misguided motives and deepen faith in him alone.

What are God’s purposes behind unanswered prayer?

Some heartfelt prayers seem to go forever unanswered. What could God’s purposes be? Consider that he may:

Have a different plan. God sees the full picture and his ways are higher (Isaiah 55:8-9). Though not our answer, his plan is best.

Want to transform our desires. Unanswered prayers prompt examination of what we value most. He may aim to align us with his desires.

Be protecting us. God knows outcomes we cannot. A “No” or silence shields from harm we cannot foresee.

Want to reveal sin issues. Persistent unanswers may signal sinful attitudes or behaviors needing attention so we can draw close to him again.

Be teaching endurance and trust. As we keep praying through unanswers, our faith and resolve are refined.

Though challenging, unanswered prayers play a profound role in God’s eternal purposes for our lives. Rather than indifference, they highlight his wisdom and glory.

How should we respond when it feels like God is not listening?

When God seems silent and unresponsive, how can we constructively react? Consider these tips:

Patiently persist in prayer. Keep asking, seeking and knocking with faith in God’s faithfulness (Luke 18:1-8).

Trust in God’s unchanging nature. Despite feelings, anchor to his word’s assurances of his loving character and attentiveness.

Examine your own heart. Are there unrepentant sins, motives, or attitudes inhibiting God’s answer? Confess and realign with him.

Give thanks and praise. Focus on God’s past faithfulness and express gratitude for who he is. Praise redirects attention to his sovereignty.

WaitFor God’s timing. Release your preferred timing to trust God’s perfect timing, believing the delay has purpose.

Let struggles strengthen your faith. Allow the stretching frustration of silence to deepen intimacy with and dependency on God alone.

Our responses when prayers seem unheard can reveal where we have put our hope and trust. God uses those feelings to strengthen us and conform us to Christ.

What are Biblical examples of God hearing prayers?

Scripture contains many examples of God hearing and responding to prayers as evidence of his attentiveness. Consider these examples:

  • Hannah prayed fervently for a child and God heard, granting her Samuel (1 Samuel 1:1-20).
  • When Israelites cried to God in slavery, he heard and rescued them from Egypt (Exodus 2:23-25).
  • David pleaded for forgiveness after his sin and God heard, restoring their relationship (Psalm 51:1-12).
  • Hezekiah desperately prayed when facing invasion, and God heard, delivering Jerusalem (2 Kings 19:14-20).
  • The thief on the cross cried for mercy and Jesus heard, promising Paradise (Luke 23:42-43).

These examples demonstrate God’s faithfulness to hear prayers through history. In every circumstance, whether dramatic or quiet, our cries reach his listening ears.


Though God may sometimes feel far away, the Bible offers assurances that he hears our prayers. His omnipotence enables him to listen everywhere always. His attributes of goodness, love and mercy compel him to respond with compassion. Delays do not indicate lack of care but have purposes for our spiritual growth. Even unanswered requests serve his deeper plans to mature our faith and align us with his will. We can trust our loving Father hears the faintest whisper of our hearts. When fears arise, anchor to the unchanging character and promises of God. His ear remains ever inclined to the sincere cries of his children.

Prayer Topic Bible Verses for Reassurance
Asking for daily needs Matthew 6:11, Philippians 4:6-7
Seeking wisdom and guidance James 1:5, Proverbs 2:6
Crying for help and deliverance Psalm 18:6, Psalm 34:17
Asking for forgiveness 1 John 1:9, Psalm 51:1-2
Seeking salvation for others Romans 10:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Praying for healing James 5:14-16, 2 Chronicles 7:14

Key Takeaways

  • God hears our prayers because he is all-powerful and has unlimited capacity to listen.
  • His attributes of goodness, love, mercy and fatherhood assure his tender awareness of our needs.
  • Delays and unanswers have purpose for our spiritual growth rather than indicating neglect.
  • Persisting in prayer with trust in God’s character is the antidote to feelings of unanswered cries.
  • The Bible gives many examples of God hearing and responding to highlight his faithful concern.

In every season of life, whether we sense his responses or not, we can be confident our Shepherd hears our voice (John 10:27). He remains sovereign on the throne as we humbly offer our cares, trusting him fully (1 Peter 5:6-7). God promises to complete his good work as we submit our lives to his hands (Philippians 1:6). Though the wait can be deeply painful, we can receive comfort knowing our cries reach his eternal, loving ears.