Inspirational Readings:57 Songs: Devotional Of Beloved Hymns ♫ Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior ♫
Do You Believe God Hears Your Prayers?
Does God Hear Us?
When we pray we each hope that God hears us. That’s one of the reasons we pray in the first place isn’t it? We desire God’s fellowship, His comfort and very often a few answers to the overwhelming problems in our lives. When we pray we don’t usually expect not to hear from God. Maybe some do. Perhaps some avoid prayer altogether with the attitude or feeling that God will never hear them and that they will never receive anything from God anyway so why bother. But God, tells us that, those who come to Him must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who look to Him (Heb 11:6). So again, with the assumption that we believe that God is there for us, we pray to Him hoping to receive an answer, even if it’s yes or no. It’s communication from God, our creator and Savior who loves us and cares about us.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 KJV
Answers To Prayer
It reminds me of an experience with my Dad. It was a delight for me to begin praying with my Dad as an adult a few years ago. Although it was my Dad that gave me my first Bible to read and study when I was a child, I never imagined having the privilege of praying with him in later years.
It took some time and patience but I was finally able to encourage my Dad to pray with me. He had just lost his life partner, my Mom and really needed to know that God hadn’t forgotten about him. We began slowly and before too long, it was a daily regular prayer time that included prayers for our upcoming long trip to Alaska to be smooth and without any complications, for Dad to have a mild Alaskan first winter until he became accustomed to the weather, prayers for family, friends and new people my Dad was meeting. At some point my Dad began to realize that God was answering those prayers. He received his mild first Alaskan winter to the disappointment and consternation of many Alaskans who had come to expect a normal arctic winter.
Being Convinced Of God's Love
It seemed as if God were making a point of letting us know that He was indeed answering our prayers. I was accustomed to God answering prayers but my Dad was in a different place of faith at that time. He was still hurt and confused about why God would take his loved one away. It certainly is something many can understand and sympathize with.
But several instances of family and friends having unusual blessings in their lives began to pop up. A friend was in a vehicle accident in which his vehicle flipped over three or four times. As it was related to me later by the friend, it was apparent to all that he shouldn’t have survived, much less walked away without a scratch. It happened again with a few other friends of our family walking away from deadly accidents or recovering from other accidents as if they had not occurred. My Dad also enjoyed God's blessings in various ways and even took what was clearly a bad fall only to not only avoid the ER, but wake up the next morning with no pain at all. He was amazed, truly amazed! But as is common to us all, it wasn't long before Daddy forgot all about how God had protected him physically and what God had done for him already, for he began to ask God why He was blessing everyone except him?
God Will Not Pass Us By
My point is, in thinking about the lyrics of this song, Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior; it is much like my Dad’s request for God not to forget about him while He was blessing everyone else. Isn't that just like each of us? Like kids, we get a little upset if we think that someone else is getting something that we aren't or if it seems that we are suffering while others are at peace.
One of my favorite memories of hymn-writer Fanny Crosby's life, is that life couldn't keep her down for long. Whenever Fanny had any kind of loss in her life, she just wrote another hymn to praise God. Fanny wrote over 10,000 hymns. She was fully convinced of God's love regardless of the losses and circumstances that continually changed in her life.
We too can rest assured that God doesn't forget us. God hears us when we pray, generously offering us His comfort, peace, miraculous healing and the other necessities of life even before we ask for them. No, Our Savior will not pass us by. Everything is working out according to God’s own wise plan for each of us at its own appointed time.
Have a blessed and peaceful week!
The Hymn: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Words by Fanny J. Crosby
Music by William H. Doane
Pass me not, O gentle Savior; hear my humble cry
While on others Thou art calling
Do not pass me by
Let me at Thy throne of mercy. Find a sweet relief
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief
Trusting only in Thy merit, would I seek Thy face
Heal my wounded broken spirit
Save me by Thy grace
Thou the Spring of all my comfort, more that life to me
Whom have I on earth beside ?
Whom in Heav’n but Thee?
Savior, Savior hear my humble cry
While on others Thou art calling
Do not pass me by.