Among the seven seals being broken by Jesus in Revelation 6 is the fifth which reveals an important message that God hears and answers the prayers of His saints. In verse 9 it says, “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?“. This is God’s way of telling the Christians reading John’s Book that their prayers were heard. Some Christians have been martyred and their prayers have been heard. The breaking of the seals is the beginning of the promise that judgment is coming on the unrighteous peoples who have harmed the children of God. Following the seals will come 7 trumpets and 7 bowls showing the unfolding and advancement of that judgment. The Christians in the 7 churches and those spread about the Roman empire and beyond would understand that God is not unaware of their troubles.
Sometimes we have troubles that seem to be more than our fair share. Jesus could have said that too. But He did remind us that the straight and narrow way would be difficult. “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you.” It’s always this way that evil people will hate and attempt to silence those who shine the light of truth on them. Until Christ completes His divine plan and calls us home, there will be conflict between evil and good. So expect that there will be troubles. But also know with a knowledge that comfort the soul that God hears your prayers and He is sending help your way. God knows your troubles.