"Thou hearest me always"

Standing by the tomb of Lazarus before he raised him from the dead, Christ Jesus uttered these memorable words: "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me." We read the Master's words after all these years, and are grateful that for the people's sake who stood by he expressed himself as he did; for they enable us to see how profound, how scientific, was his understanding of God and of man's relationship to Him.

"Thou hearest me always"! Was God, then, always listening for the prayers of the Nazarene? Obviously, else He would not always have heard him. And if God was always listening for the prayers of His well-beloved Son, and was always hearing them, can the same be said of the prayers of others? The answer is one in which mankind is intensely interested, because of the value it places on prayer.

September 8, 1928

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