Do you think that God hears your prayers? Why or why not?
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
Why is it significant to the story that the current pharaoh died?
In the midst of their suffering, how aware do you think the Israelites were that God heard, remembered, saw and knew? Why is it good for us to meditate on these truths in both good times and bad?
It’s an amazing thing that the Lord hears our cries. Think about it. God doesn’t owe us anything. In our current culture of entitlement, it is easy to fall into an attitude of expecting God to gives us what we want when we want it. But God doesn’t owe us anything. The only reason the Israelites had to cry out to Him is because He had already covenanted Himself to this people (cf. Genesis 17).
It’s important for us to meditate on stories like this one before times of trouble come so that we remember that God is good and that in His grace, He hears us. More than that, He gives us the ability to cry out to Him. Romans 8 tells us that even when we don’t know what to pray, “the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans”(v. 26).
Ask the Lord to make His presence known in your prayers. Make the father’s honest prayer in Mark 9 your own: ““Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
Take a few minutes today to journal about a time when God heard your cries. How did He respond to you? Find an opportunity to share this act of grace with a friend or family member as a way to glorify the Lord and encourage their faith.