Today I was with a group of our young missionaries as we prepped to do a Bible club at my home. I had invited neighbors and friends to join. Day one, no kids. Day two, no kids. I continued to pray. Sometimes waiting on God is like this. We ask ourselves, “Will this prayer be answered? Will I have what I need to move forward? Is God going to act?” Situations like these, where we are praying but not seeing things answered right away, happen all the time. They stretch our faith and our patience. They are unpleasant. Personally, I quite frankly hate them. They are irritating and often discouraging.
As I sat here, I started to think, this is what it looks like to wait on God. This is where faith has to kick in. Where faith has to dig deep. I have to believe that God is going to provide the necessary things for moving forward. Whether it’s kids to minister to, finances to get a new car when your car breaks down, knowledge on how to save money when you can’t figure out where it’s all going, patience to deal with family issues, or even the need for the basic things to take care of yourself like health care, food, and housing, I have to trust that God will move.
It’s hard to be content, to be okay, when we are in a state of wondering. We are wondering, “Will God answer this prayer?” Sometimes it's hard for us to wrap our minds around the fact that he has already answered. There is a children's song that we sing at my job about prayer. It tells about the 3 answers to prayer. Sometimes God answer yes, wait, or no but God always answers prayer.
As followers of Jesus, most of us know that God hears us but we question if he is going to answer. It’s always important to remind ourselves of what the Bible says. If we have a relationship with Jesus, and are seeking his will and not our own, then the Bible tells us that he both hears us and answers.
I John 5:14-15 says:
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
If we want a “Yes” prayer, we have to be willing to surrender to God’s will. This means that some things may not be in his will for you and you may get a "No" answer. Be okay with that “No.” But also remember that there are some things that are God’s will for you. Things that God wants to do for you. You don’t know what is in God’s will for you and that’s why it’s important to ask. “Lord, is it your will for us to have kids to minister to? If so, touch their hearts and let them come.” I believe that this week we will have kids to share the gospel with. You can ask, “Lord is it your will for me to have a new car? If so, show me where to go, give me favor, and help me choose the right car dealer and the right car.” “Lord is it your will that our family be broken? Help me to do what I can do to make things better and touch their hearts to do what they should do to help us heal.”
Sometimes, we need to know how to pray. Other times, we need to know how to accept the answer to our prayer. But in everything, keep trusting God, keep talking to God, and keep praising God. After a while you will see that everything will be okay. Discouragement, lack, brokenness, and even sickness will not last forever. When you have committed your way to God, he will see you through. This is the faith we hold on to every day of our lives. So when we start to question, "Will God answer this prayer?" Remember...
YES HE WILL and YES HE HAS.
It’s already done.
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