Bible Study Magazine

Here is an excerpt from my contribution to the newest edition of Bible study magazine entitled “He Hears”.

He Hears

It felt like God wasn’t listening.

Scripture is full of verses about God hearing and answering our prayers. “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14–15 esv).

There was a time in my life when I could easily digest these verses. But one day, everything changed: My wife and I had a miscarriage. When one of the most pure and legitimate prayers of my life seemed to go unanswered, I felt like God came up short. I had never had my faith shaken so badly.

It’s hard to reconcile these seemingly unanswered prayers with passages that declare God’s faithfulness. It’s even more difficult when anger and grief cloud your thinking.

To read this article in full, and others like it, check out March–April ’11 issue of Bible Study Magazine (


About mattdabbs
I am a minister, husband, and father. My wife and I live and minister in Saint Petersburg, Florida. My primary ministry responsibilities include: small groups, 20s and 30s, involvement, and adult education.

5 Responses to Bible Study Magazine

  1. Bob Bliss says:

    Matt, I’ve subscribed to Bible Study Magazine for the past two years and think it’s without a doubt one of the best magazines and study resource I’ve ever read. It’s on my must-have list.

  2. Matt Dabbs says:

    I will be getting my first issue soon…I really look forward to digging into this resource! Thanks for your comments regarding their quality. That means a lot coming from you.

  3. Bob Bliss says:

    Matt, just received my copy of Bible Study Magazine. Good article and so true.

  4. Beverly Cuffy says:

    I would like to advertise my book and should be grateful if you would advise if this is possible. I also wonder if you accept unsolicited articles? I look forward to hearing from you. Bewverly Cuffy

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