Hearer of Prayer

"O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today." . . . Before [the servant] had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah . . . came out with her water jar on her shoulder.
GENESIS 24:12, 15
Hearer of Prayer
This passage presents a clear example of God's mercy and kindness in hearing the prayers of the godly. By means of this example we are invited to pray, and our faith is marvelously strengthened against mistrust and doubt. For these events have been recorded, not for the sake of the servant but for your sake and mine. Before he had stopped speaking, behold, his prayer was heard; while he was speaking, God said yes to his prayer. Therefore let us persuade ourselves without any hesitation that God is ever so ready and prompt to hear our prayer and to grant what we ask for, as Psalm 66:20 praises Him: "Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!" And the name of God that is suitable to the highest degree and proper is Hearer of Prayer. Indeed, it is just as proper as the familiar name Creator of Heaven and Earth. And God not only hears a prayer that is offered without specifying particulars; but let us maintain that even at the very moment a prayer is uttered that which is asked for is being done or has been done, just as very many ever so pleasing words of the psalms testify, such as "To Thee they cried, and were saved" (Psalm 22:5), where simply no particular at all is added.
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