“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: "Here am I."" Isaiah 58:9a (NIV)
A recurring theme and promise in the Bible is that God hears our prayers and is there to answer them. This promise was given by God to His people through His prophet Isaiah. This verse is an interesting way to describe what happens when we pray. It doesn't mean that we will hear an audible voice when we call on the Lord. It's not quite like hearing a voice answering when we call on a telephone. But God has a way of letting us know that He is listening when we pray. If we are praying in earnest we'll be aware that God's is there and listening because He has promised to be there. In our hearts we can sense it just as if He said “Here am I.” What a wonderful heavenly Father we have. Let's be sure to take advantage of this promise in this verse.