1 Peter 3:12b

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For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
 
 
And His ears are open to their prayers;
 
“To” means direction toward. God directs his attention toward our prayers. He is not off in the universe attending to other things. He pays attention when we pray. He is there for us. We can be assured that our prayer have been heard. We can also know that he will answer our prayer for our ultimate good. 
 
God is omniscient (all knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere present) in both his sovereign care and response to prayer. This is especially true with suffering. Suffering is the main context of the whole book.
 
Should anyone threaten injury to us, God is willing and able to intervene for us. God attends to our requests. God has good ears. He can hear everything we say. That is another reason why we “refrain” our mouths from evil.
 
James 5: 9 “Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!”
 
I Jn 5: 14 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
 
PRINCIPLE: God focuses his attention on our prayers.
 
APPLICATION: What a picture of God! Here is God with his eyes focused on you and his ears earnestly listening to your cause ready, willing and able to answer your prayer. He is ready to come to your aid when you pray. We do not have to propitiate him to gain his openness to answer prayer. He is already open to answer our prayer. 
 
God is not too busy doing other things in the universe to answer our prayer. He delights to respond to our need. 
 
Jer. 33: 3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
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