I KNOW HE HEARD MY PRAYERThe clouds have passed away, I see the light of day,
The sun is shining thru, dispelling gloom with hallelujahs;
I know that this is real, for in my heart I feel that my Saviour
heard my earnest prayer.
ChorusI know He heard my prayer,He knows my every care,
He gives to me the blessed victory,Oh yes ! I feel Him now,
My loyalty I vow,I know the Saviour heard my plea.
The Lord has heard my prayer, great joy is now my share,
Sweet heaven fills my soul, now I can go rejoicing on;
Oh my friend, there is not a doubt, thank God, they’re driven out,
for He heard my prayer, my earnest prayer.
When in the future days, the fiery trials blaze,
When Satan comes to me to take away my victory,
I can point him to the time when Heaven’s light did shine,
I can say He heard my earnest prayer.The enemy had said to me that my faith in God was dead,
If the way was filled with care, that the Saviour did not care,
Thank God it is not true, Jesus thrills me thru and thru.I know he heard my prayer, my earnest prayer.
Another Red-back hymnal classic, this song was written by Vep Ellis and is found on page 16 of the hymnal. It is a song of testimony. A song of confidence in the Lord that since He has heard and answered my prayer in the past, that He will do it again. Scripture over and over reinforces this truth. The truth that the Lord hears our prayer. The Lord speaks to Solomon in I Kings 9 and says Himself “I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication…” This hymn parallels Psalm 6:9 when the Psalmist writes “The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.” The Lord heard (past tense) my prayers, and the Lord will (future tense) receive my prayer. I hope the words of this song will encourage you today. If you have been crying out to the Lord, I pray you will know that He hears your earnest prayer. I also hope you are reminded of the times where you too could testify “I know he heard my prayer.”
- “Disspelling gloom with hallelujahs” – Isn’t it amazing how praise can change our circumstances? You see this occasionally in the Psalms where the psalm begins with a heart that is frustrated or discouraged. The Psalmist will begin with a “Where are you Lord?” kind of sentiment. Psalm 3 is an example of that. David starts out with frustration “O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.” But by the time he gets to verse 3 he begins to praise “But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” Then his confidence in the Lord increases and in verse 6, he writes “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.” That is what praise can do for us in the midst of trying times. The hallelujahs can dispel the gloom.
- “If the way was filled with care, that the Savior did not care” – Isn’t that one of the great lies of the enemy? Satan doesn’t try to convince us that God doesn’t exist. But he does try to sow the seeds of doubt that God even cares. That trials and tribulations shouldn’t come to someone who is victorious in Christ. There is a great hymn entitled “Does Jesus Care?” and I have commented on that hymn before. It contains honest words from someone going through difficult times, and in the author’s mind he is wondering “Does Jesus even care?” The chorus that song contains the truth in the midst of the questionning. It reads “Oh yes He cares. I know He cares. His heart is touched with my grief.” Today, if you feel that life’s cares are overwhelming and if you are wondering if He even cares, can I encourage you to proclaim the words “Oh yes He cares….I know He cares.”
This morning I had text messaged my wife to confirm what page number this song was found in the Red-back Hymnal. I knew I had seen it before, but I am not as good with page numbers as many of you may be. She was kind enough to stop what she was doing, and go to my hymnal and found out for me. But in her text message, she also let me know that our home phone wasn’t working. I did not think this was a coincidence. You see, sometimes when we prayer, we feel like God’s “phone is not working.” We don’t feel like He hears, and we “know” He hasn’t answered because the situation hasn’t worked out like we prayed and hoped for. God’s “phone line” however does not go in and out. He doesn’t have “shoddy service” or a “bad connection.” No. We can speak confidently that He hears our prayer.
There is another red-back hymnal song that I was reminded of that was written in 1919 and is entitled “The Royal Telephone” and I will close this week with verse one to that song.
“Central’s never “busy,” always on the line;
You may hear from heaven almost any time;
’Tis a royal service, free for one and all;
When you get in trouble, give this royal line a call.”