He is ready to listen. Even if we have turned away from God, even if we have sinned against Him and feel distant, unclean and feel that perhaps He doesn’t want to hear us any more, He is ready to hear your prayer – and respond to it.
Not many of us get to go as low as Jonah. He was one of the few chosen to hear God’s voice and given a task to do. But Jonah refused and ran the opposite direction trying to escape from God. He had a guilty conscience. He knew he had done wrong. He even admitted his sin to the sailors on the ship he was sailing on. But as he lay below deck, I suspect he was keeping strangely silent instead of praying to the LORD his God. He was running away!
It wasn’t until he had been heaved overboard, nearly drowned in the sea, and swallowed by a huge fish that Jonah was distressed enough to call on God. “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said, ‘In my distress I called to the LORD and he answered me.'” (Jonah 2:1-2).
If God listened to rebellious Jonah when he discovered he was in trouble, he will listen to us too. He wants to hear from you. Let’s turn to him today.