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The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12 (NLT)

“I wish he’d send me an email or a letter and tell me what to do!”

Ever heard yourself or someone else say this or something like it about God? Even those of us who walk closely with him every day come to those times when God seems distant or silent at a time when we desperately seek his direction and long for his presence.

There can be many reasons God seems silent in our time of need and frankly there aren’t any easy answers to the question of his silence. Sometimes he’s silent because there are things in our lives he wants us to clean up before he acts. God hears our prayers of repentance and our asking for forgiveness. But sometimes he brings or leaves circumstances into our lives as a wake-up call to draw close to him and to remove the sin from our lives.

Other times God can remain silent because he’s waiting for us to act on something he’s asked us to do earlier. There are times when the completion of step one is required before the completion of step two can be implemented.

We live in a loud and distracting world. In the midst of the chaos God’s still, small voice may be calling out to us but we are too taken away by life to hear him. He’s trying to lead you or guide us but we can be so involved in life that we can’t hear him, so we think he is silent.

What ever the reason, we can know this. God does hear us and our prayers do make a difference. Several places in the Bible we are taught that prayer makes a difference and persistent prayer is effective prayer. There may be things we’ve prayed for once or twice and forgotten about. Keep praying. Keep drawing close to God. Read his word. Get alone for quiet time before him so that you can remove the distractions that drown out his voice. Turn off the cell phone and computer. Open your Bible and let God’s spirit speak.

Our feeling that God is distant doesn’t change the fact that he is very near and listening to your every word. Seek him out today. Ask him to help you see areas in your life that need to change so you can hear him more clearly.

PRAYER: Father God, there are so many times when I’ve sought you out for answers and sensed nothing but silence in return. I come to you today with a heart who longs to hear your voice. Empower me by your Spirit to remove anything from my life that is keeping me from hearing your voice. Guide me through the difficult times of this life. In Jesus name, Amen.

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