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While You Speak, He Hears

August 10, 2018
By Martin Luther

Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!

PSALM 66:20

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While You Speak, He Hears

Therefore let us persuade ourselves without any hesitation that God is ever so ready and prompt to hear our prayer and to grant what we ask for, as Psalm 66:20 praises Him: "Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!" And the name of God that is suitable to the highest degree and proper is Hearer of Prayer. Indeed, it is just as proper as the familiar name Creator of heaven and earth. And God not only hears a prayer that is offered without specifying particulars; but let us maintain that even at the very moment a prayer is uttered that which is asked for is being done or has been done, just as very many ever so pleasing words of the psalms testify, such as "To Thee they cried, and were saved" (Psalm 22:5), where simply no particular at all is added. Consequently, the one who cries out is here; God, who hears is there. Just cry out, and you will be heard, as Psalm 34:5 urges: "Look to Him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed." And from this source Isaiah has taken the very beautiful promise (65:24): "Before they call, I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear."

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 4:267)

August 10