“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.” Psalm 77:1
This is such a powerful opening statement. As the psalm unfolds, you can hear the desperation felt by the writer, how deeply troubled he is. Yet he begins with a declaration of his faith that as he cries aloud to his God, he knows that he will be heard.
Sometimes we may feel as if our prayers don’t even go past the ceiling. We don’t see any effects, we don’t feel like God hears us or cares. But our feelings don’t change reality. Our God is here. Our heavenly Father never stops listening for our cries.
In Daniel chapter 9, Daniel is praying to God regarding the people of Israel and how far they have fallen. He confesses their sins and asks for forgiveness and restoration, appealing to the great mercy of God. It is while he is praying that an angel appears. I absolutely love what the angel says to him: “At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved” (Daniel 9:23). God didn’t even wait until the end of the prayer to send His reply. Because He knew the heart of Daniel. He knows every word on our tongue before we even speak it (Psalm 139:4). So as soon as we begin our cries, whether they are pleas for mercy, strength, or relief, He is ready with an answer.
As He comes to you, He will assure your heart of His great love. Let down your guard with Him. Open any doors shut tight on your heart out of fear. Give Him the chance to speak softly of how greatly He loves you. Whatever His answer is to your cries, it will be filled to overflowing with His powerful, unchanging love for you. That love is what gives us confidence that He hears us in the first place. He is sustaining you. He is drawing near to you in your brokenness. He will continue to command His blessings in your life and to prove His constant faithfulness.