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Is God Silent to Our Prayers?

And the Lord said, “I have certainly seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their outcry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.

Exodus 3:7 (NASB)

This is the question that each of us asks ourselves when faced with an emergency situation. We pray with all our hearts, we lament, we hope and we wait for an immediate answer from God. But, from our point of view, God is silent. Some redouble their faith and continue to pray fervently. Others, however, begin to lose hope and eventually abandon their faith.

The people of Israel were also in the same situation. Living in slavery, suffering the tyranny of their Egyptian master without any intervention from God, there was reason to believe that God had not heard their prayer, or if He had, silence was His answer. Was this really the case? The verse reveals three important points that the people of Israel did not know about God: (1) God saw their suffering, (2) He heard their cries, and (3) He knew their pain. The people did not know that, in His silence, God was preparing their deliverance.

We are experiencing this same situation of ignorance today. We pray, we cry out to God but we lose all hope when the answer is slow in coming. Is this your situation today? Do you have a prayer that God hasn't answered? So, instead of giving up, soyez patient, strengthen your faith and pray with perseverance, because God sees you, He hears you, He knows your pain and He will not hesitate to answer you. He is not a silent God.

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