Yes, we know that God answers prayers. Those of us who believe in the power of prayer know that He’s there to listen and that when we pray according to His will, He hears us; and because we know He hears us, whatever we ask, we know we receive it (see 1 John 5:14-15). Many times when we pray, especially for those things that are extremely challenging situations (serious illness of a loved one, difficult marriage, long-term financial strain), where we may not see breakthrough for quite some time, we continue to pray but sometimes wonder when the answer will come. But the question I want to pose today is…as you continue to pray, are you looking for the answer?
What prompted me to write this today is the fact that I am praying for a few ‘big’ things and have been praying for quite some time. And God showed me signs of his answering them all in one day, all in one church service. But I wasn’t looking for the answers! I was just going along enjoying the worship service, when boom, boom, boom…there were the answers. Three prayer requests, three answers just like that. The situations are not completely solved, but I can see that God is working (note the present tense) to answer the petitions that have been brought before Him. And these prayers have just not come from me, but from others as well. I know that He is going to answer, but I was in awe at how God is working and the timing in which He’s working. My mind is still blown as I’m writing this the next day after it happened.
What’s the lesson for me (and hopefully you) today? Don’t stop looking for the answers and for your breakthrough to come! They are coming! And they are coming in ways and through people that you may not expect or anticipate. When your answers (or the beginning of the answers) appear, give God praise for them! For me, what God did yesterday was a reminder for me to keep praying, keep pressing, and to not give up. God is sovereign and has our situations under his complete control. He is well able to handle them, and I am trusting and believing that He WILL answer (just like it says in 1 John 5:14-15). I encourage you to join me and do the same.