Over the past several days my posts have discussed how God answers our prayers ~
However, there are many times He answers our prayers just like we requested!
Unfortunately sometimes I will catch myself praising God for answering a prayer just as I wanted — more than I praise Him for His answers that may look like this….
“Differently, my child, I am answering you with a different result than you requested, for I know what is best.”
“Delayed, my dear daughter, for you need preparation.”
“Denied, my faithful follower, this is not good for you.”
But how sweet it is when our prayers are answered and everything works out perfectly!
BUT—-We need to remember to Praise Him in all things.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
He answered our prayers.
He was faithful.
What was great was the way He answered them!!
- Denied – one of my personal requests was denied…but as the weekend unfolded I saw that God had a better plan. The retreat was not about me; it was about our new friend, Lynn.
- Delayed – my girlfriend that went with me had a personal request which was delayed…we can see that it is coming but not just now.
- Differently – my friend and I prayed for Christian fellowship amongst the women…and He answer was different than we imagined…it was better!! The ladies we shared our meals with were saints of God…it was a privilege to be amongst them.
- Definitely – we prayed for a spiritual renewal for one of the ladies we met – she accepted Christ on Sunday!! WOW! Praise God!!
I heard someone recently say that God does not want us to own our sickness and if we believe with all our hearts that He will heal us; that it will be so. It was implied that our lack of faith and the lack of receiving the blessing was keeping us from our healing.
I too believe that God has the power to heal anyone, but that He really does say no at time. I have seen cancers disappear, meningitis miraculously heal overnight, but I have also seen cancer ravage a saintly body.
AND just because someone’s prayer is not answered just like they wanted it does not mean that person is less faithful or has a marginal belief.
I refuse to be guilted into feeling my faith is the stumbling block for the fact that my prayer is answered differently than I requested. My God knows what is best for me.
Paul begged God to remove the thorn in his side, but God said no.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12: 7b-10)
Will this keep me from asking? Of course not, for I know that my Father answers my prayers how He knows is best for me.
And even when sickness is not healed and death occurs…I see a miracle and an answered prayer…THE RESURRECTION!!!
I also refuse to feel guilty if my prayers are not answered in the way in which I wanted…it is not a lack of faith, God is not a genie in a bottle, He is the maker of the universe, He knows what is best for His children.
So rejoice in the Lord always…He hears your prayers…watch and listen for His answer…He never ignores you. It’s just that the answer may not look like what you imagined…it will be better, because it is what God planned for you.
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