Exodus 33:17 The Lord replied to Moses, "I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.
Have you ever met somebody, somebody you like a lot... then you didn't see them again for a very long time. The time had been such that you forgot that person's name. You forgot because you didn't really have a relationship with that person, just a meeting with that person. We need to make sure God knows us by name... we do this by having a relationship with God. By talking to him daily. By getting to know Him. Think about it.. if you know somebody and they ask you to do something... you are more likely to say yes... but if you have only met them...and can't even remember their name... you are more likely to say no. Moses spent time with God... took time for God. God heard Moses when he asked. We need to have such a relationship with God that when all the prayers are going up to heaven, God recognizes our voice.
I picture it like this... 1000's of voices going up to God and the angles standing there waiting on their instructions... God hears all the noise of all the voices.. then he hears one he knows.. so he can focus in on it... He looks at his angel and says that is John, hear him, I would know that voice anywhere... go and do what he is asking. Do I know any of these other voices... yes I hear Susie, I know that voice... go and do what she is asking. The better God knows our voice the faster he answers our prayers. That is the way I picture it.
Do I know that this is how it happens? No...I do know that the Jesus said that he would say "I never knew you." I do know we can't just meet God and move on... we have to take time to know God. To make friends with God. To do for God. We need to talk to God and listen to God talk back to us. I do know that I want God to know my voice. God knew Moses and Moses took time for God... I want God to know me.