Good morning, afternoon or good evening guys!
I hope you’re well, and I really do mean that.
What I want to share about is about prayer, specifically when we get answers to our prayers.
When we pray, we expect to hear back from God, correct? We are expectant. Or at least that’s how our hearts should be. We should be ready, and be waiting for God for to answer us or give us a word.
In the book of Genesis God promised Abram (Abraham’s name at the time), that he would have a son, despite the fact that he was in his old age, but that he would have his own son, and he would have an heir Genesis 15:4, and that he would have descendents more than the stars in the sky. So, this was what God spoke to Abram, and made a covenant. God spoke, but didn’t give a time of when it would happen, He just said it would happen.
But what happened? Sarai (Sarah’s name at the time) didn’t believe that, she knew she was old, and looked at her physical reality, and didn’t see beyond that. She didn’t see that God could do the impossible, so what did she do? She created her own answer. She gave Abram her maid for them to have a child. But that wasn’t what God had said nor intended. That’s not what God’s plan was. He said that Abram would have a child with Sarai.
Sometimes when we feel that God is delaying, we may try figure out the answer to what God has promised. At the end of the day, we can’t pray to God to take control and then try take control ourselves. It won’t work that way! What we can do is to ask God for the strength, and for the patience to wait on Him. “But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. Psalms 37:7 says “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
Secondly, God may answer our prayers, in a way we might not expect. We may pray to God to give us faith, He might not fill us with faith, but He gives us situations in which we have to use faith. We may pray to God to give us the heart of Love, He may present us in situations where we have to love when we don’t feel like it. Where we have to love our enemies and people who don’t love us nor we deem are lovable. The widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17), she was running out of food, she didn’t have much left. God didn’t give her food straight away, but through serving Elijah with the little that she had, she ended up getting an abundance, overflowing of oil
Thirdly, God may give us a better thing than what we even asked for. Let’s look at Solomon, he was asked, what do you want me to bless you with, and he could’ve said wisdom. God gave Solomon what he wanted and more! (1 kings 3:3-13). So maybe God may prepare more for us than we are actually asking for. But we have to stay patient.
So, my encouragement to you is to stay focused, keep on praying and don’t lose heart. God is not a man that he should lie. Stay patient and wait on Him!
God bless you ♥️. Have a good weekend.
~ peace, joy & love x