1 Peter 3:10-12
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
It is everyone’s desire to know that the Lord is hearing their prayer. We talk to the Lord, yet that lingering doubt from our humanity still sneaks in, and we wonder, does the Lord really hear my prayers or not?
The Bible tells us clearly that the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers. No ifs, ands or buts about it. There is a way to know that the Lord is hearing our prayers and that He is watching over us. All that is required is for us to live righteous. Now that may seem like a tall order to fill but God’s Word defines what righteous is in this instance. Being righteous can basically be defined as one who does right acts.
Right acts that cause the Lord to hear my prayers is refraining my tongue from evil, speaking no guile: eschew or turn away from evil, doing good and seeking peace. It all comes down to the “Golden Rule” we have heard about so many times in life, namely, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If I speak about and treat others as I would have them to speak about me and treat me, I am a long way down the road toward living a righteous life and ensuring that the Lord hears my prayers.
Regrettably it seems as if the Golden Rule, in today’s world, has been perverted to mean, he who has the gold thinks he can make the rules. However our God is the same yesterday, today and forever and with Him the Golden Rule still is, to treat others as you would have them treat you. He will hear our prayers.