“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” – 1 John 5:14-15

In Northern Ireland, the newspapers have plastered the faces of two people on every front page. A teacher and a businessman: a couple who’ve just won £115m in the lottery.

Not bad.

I think a lot of us can view prayer like a lottery sometimes. We send our prayer up to the heavens, cross our fingers and hope that our number comes up. As if it’s down to chance. I see this everywhere, in every church, in every denomination, in every country and in myself.

Why?

Well, there’s a lot of reasons. Maybe we don’t feel worthy. Maybe we’ve been let down too many times. Maybe we don’t believe God even wants to answer our prayers. But I think for a lot of us it’s this:

Sometimes we don’t even believe that He hears us.

Prayer is probably the trickiest part of faith. It’s borderline insane to talk to someone you can’t see, never mind expect a reply or for some divine action to take place as a result.

In 1 John 5:14-15 the writer doubles down on the fact that He hears us. Such a simple, fundamental part of prayer. Easy to skip over because it’s so basic. But before we move on in our day let’s pause and ask:

Do we believe it? Do we believe God hears us when we pray? Even more extreme, do we know it? How would my (prayer) life change if I did?

See you tomorrow.

– Matthew