Quick To Hear…and to Answer – Alma 9:26

26 And not many days hence the Son of God shall come in his glory; and his glory shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, equity, and truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, quick to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers.
(Alma 9:26)

Alma lists a number of qualities of the Savior in this passage. Today, I’m struck by the last one: He is quick to hear our prayers and to answer them. He is eager, not reluctant, to assist us when we reach out to Him.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has described our Heavenly Father as “divinely anxious to bless us this very moment.” Then, Elder Holland quoted the following passage from a sermon by John Donne:

We ask our daily bread, and God never says, ‘You should have come yesterday.’ … [No, he says,] ‘Today if you will hear [my] voice, today I will hear yours.’ … If thou hast been benighted till now, wintered and frozen, clouded and eclipsed, damp and benumbed, smothered and stupefied till now, God yet comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day, … but as the sun at [full] noon, to banish all shadows (quoted in “Look to God and Live,” General Conference, October 1993).

Today, I will reach out to God with full confidence that He will hear and answer my cries. I will remember that He is eager to bless me, not only in the future, but today. I will also seek to emulate His responsiveness as I interact with others today: being quick to hear and answer them. 

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