Does God really hear me? Does God really listen to my prayers? Everyone I know has gone through times when it seems like our prayers bounce off the ceiling, hit the wall and then ricochet around the room like a bullet in a cartoon until it dies a slow painful death at our feet. We call out to God, and he doesn’t answer. Those are trying times of faith.
Interestingly enough, the Bible describes what happens to our prayers. An angel with a censor of incense stands before God. Then, “The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.” Our prayers rise up to Him as a pleasing aroma. One of the gifts of the magi was frankincense which was an ingredient in the holy incense God commanded to be used in the Temple. Most people think that represents the idea that Christ is to be worshiped. I think it also means that He knows and hears our prayers. The Bible makes no distinction about whose prayers God becomes aware of: the prayers of ALL the saints rise before Him.
There is an attitude that I often fight where I say, “Well, I’ve tried everything else; I guess I’ll have to pray.” Prayer should not be a last resort. Prayer should be a beginning point of our walk with God. Sometimes we worry about prayer because we don’t know the right words to say. Don’t worry! Prayer is just like a conversation with God. Talk with Him as you would talk with a friend – for you are all friends if you obey His commandments.