June 25

Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard. Proverbs 21:13

How we long for answered prayer!  How deeply we need God to work on our behalf.  These verses teach us that there is a cycle of life in the Spirit that God watches over with utmost care.  If we feel that God’s ears are blocked to our prayers, then we are definitely mistaken.  We may instead need to look for the cause of the problem in ourselves.  Are our ears open to cries for help from others?  Have we made it a habit to respond seriously and quickly to cries for help, or have we turned people away so often that they have stopped asking us?  If God’s ears seem blocked to us, we must attend to our own ears; and if we feel that others are not sensitive to our needs, then we must attend to our own giving.  “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38.  Get in the river and flow.  Don’t try to dig a trench to divert God’s supply to your own patch of ground – it will dry up before it reaches your little spot!  Get in the flow, open your ears to hear the cries around you, and you will be amazed at the effect on your fellowship with God.