Posted by: sarahjanedoohan | August 16, 2012

How God Hears Our Prayers

Psalm 145:18  The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Do we only run to God when life gets messy?  If many of us were honest, sometimes we take for granted that our God is quietly waiting on the sidelines.  It’s so easy to get caught up when things are going well that we can handle life on our own.

The Lord wants to be involved in every facet of our lives.  Sadly we sometimes ignore Him when it comes right down to it.  Above is a great verse, and the last part of it makes you stop and think.  “…to all who call on him in truth.”  What exactly does that mean?

In truth” actually means with Godly integrity.  Integrity is one of those words that is sometimes used in the wrong context.  I’ve heard people say things like “I have my integrity”, in other words what they are trying to say is “Pride and self respect”.  Here though it couldn’t be more appropriate.  The simple definition of integrity is honesty, wholeness and soundness.  We cannot hide or hold back anything from God.  He wants our whole heart, not bits and pieces.


Here are the written lyrics of Amy Grants song “Better Than A Hallelujah”  It’s about our hurting hearts reaching out to our Heavenly Father.  It’s raw and all too real.  When I first heard this beautifully sung song it spoke to me.  The truth behind these words hit me so hard.  We sometimes think we need to be formal and go through a formula in order to get a response from God.  (PRAY – ACTS  - Adoration. Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication.)  God wants our hearts!

Better Than A Hallelujah by Amy Grant

God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)
Better than a Hallelujah
(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)

 


Responses

  1. Wow,what a powerful post —the song really spoke to me,God can take our mess and turn it around for His Glory


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