Many of us who study and memorize scripture are familiar with the “8:28” verse in Romans which is a promise that God has made: “that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,” But there is another “8:28” verse hidden in the log of 1Kings that was prayed by King Solomon. “Answer the desperate prayer your servant is presenting to you today.”
In the NT Jesus told a story of a woman who was desperate and she pleaded for the Lord to have mercy and heal her demon-possessed daughter. In another story, a ruler of the synagogue came before Jesus and pleaded to come and heal his child because she was near death. Or how about this story in Luke 18 about a woman who pleaded and persevered for justice? Jesus told all of these to teach the principle of “8:28.” If we are pleading desperately for a situation to change, for a wayward child, or for a broken marriage or whatever; know this truth: God hears and responds when we come before him in humility. He is in heaven but he hears the cry of his children.
Is there a situation in your life where you are pleading desperately for God to hear and respond favorably? May we pray with you that God hear and respond favorably? Claim this truth: And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. [1John 5:14]