When God answers prayers.
“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
For prayer to be answered you first must pray. To pray is to talk to God, to talk to God is to praise Him, thank Him, tell Him what we need or simply sit and let His spirit bathe you. If you converse with God often enough you become more and more familiar with what He wants of you and for you.
Sometimes what He wants of you and for you is right in line with what you think you need and sometimes not so much. However, whether popular or not, we know we must obey.
Our example I think, should be Jesus. Think about it. Jesus was facing what none of us have ever known, He prayed “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
I am quite sure He wanted to avoid torture and the resulting death that awaited Him. Who wouldn’t want to? So instead of doing what we as humans often do and that is ignore what we know full well we need to do, Jesus simply ended His conversation with His Father with a statement of absolute obedience.
It is comforting to me to remember that God ALWAYS listens and God ALWAYS answers prayers. The answer may be “wait” or “not yet” or a resounding “yes!” It may also be “no.”
Whatever the answer that God has given, treat prayer like the lifesaving bridge it is. Be persistent, be purposeful and most of all be personal. God is waiting on the other side of that bridge, ready to have a talk with you.
………………….and so I ride