The truth that God hears and responds to prayer is one of the most spiritually attacked truths in the Christian faith. Few things hinder a person’s prayer life more than doubts about whether God is listening or cares about our prayers. Recently I wrote a post based on Exodus 2 to help us grow in faith that God really answers prayer. In that post I mentioned the term ‘groaning prayer’ and today I want to expand on that concept.
The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. -Exodus 2:23-25
Sometimes all we have to offer to God are these ‘groaning prayers’. There are times when our life circumstances are so challenging that we feel overwhelmed and the reality of daily life is that we don’t have eloquent and well articulated prayers. Sometimes we’re under so much stress and pressure that all we can offer is a ‘groaning prayer’.
The reason why this is so important is that we must continually war against the lies of the devil, who is always working to keep us from the posture and practice of prayer. One of his most effective deceptions is that our prayers are too weak to be effective. When we have those thoughts and feelings, we must remember this passage in Exodus 2. God heard the groanings of his people and he responded by raising up Moses to deliver the Israelites from the oppression of the Egyptians. These prayers were not fancy prayers, yet God was listening, watching and caring about what was happening.
While it is true that it was God’s sovereign plan to deliver his people, it is also true that God responded to the prayers of his people. In this case the ‘groaning prayers’ of Israel were enough to move God to bring about one of greatest deliverances in history!
Keep this in mind the next time you wonder whether your prayers are strong enough to be heard or whether your prayers could possibly make any difference at all! God really does hear your prayers, even your ‘groaning prayers’ and they are more significant that we can possibly comprehend!