Why does God care about your cries?
Read // Exodus 3:7-10
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
As Moses is hiding his face for fear of God’s power and holiness, the Lord immediately reveals His heart towards His people. He is not a distant God. He did not create the world and then leave His people alone. He is intimately related to our lives and to our cries.
Psalm 34:17 says, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
You may read that and think, “Well, that doesn’t describe me! That’s one of the reasons I don’t pray. I don’t feel righteous. I don’t think God hears me, because I’m not righteous.”…and you’d be right. We aren’t righteous. We don’t deserve to be heard by God.
But remember the good news of Jesus. It is never your righteousness that gives you good standing with God. It is Christ’s righteousness imputed to you. The reason God hears you is not because you deserve to be heard. It is because Christ deserved to be heard and yet, when he cried out in Gethsemane that this cup of suffering would pass from Him, that request was turned down. When he cried out on the cross, “My God!” he was forsaken.
Jesus was the only one who has ever deserved to be heard but God treated Him as we deserve that we could be treated as He deserves. He became sin so that we would become the righteousness of God. So, that we can draw near to the throne of grace with confidence that we are heard.
Talk about what it means to pray “in Jesus’ name”. What does it mean that Jesus is our basis for being heard by God?