Do you ever feel as though God has forgotten you among all His other children? Do you wonder if He may have passed over your carefully worded, impassioned prayer? Although it may seem like He hasn’t listened to your prayers, it is important to remember that He has boundless love for each and every one of us and will answer our every call for guidance.
Here are 3 ways to remember God wants to (and will) answer your prayers:
- Keep in mind He may be in the midst of delivering a blessing at that very moment. Sometimes, before we can even formulate a prayer, God is already working to deliver the miracle we seek. This was exactly the case when Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. While the servant got to his knees and began to pray to the Lord for assistance in finding such a woman, God had already set things in motion, allowing the servant to find the beautiful Rebecca. In other words, although the servant may have felt overwhelmed at the enormous task of finding a suitable wife for Isaac, he didn’t need to worry that his prayers would be passed over by God. Instead, he just needed to have faith that God was working to guide him to a solution for his problem. When you need to have faith that God is already in the midst of answering your prayers, recall these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)
- Recall that the Lord delights in exceeding your expectations. Not only will God answer your prayers, but He will also grant you miracles that surpass your wildest dreams. Even though it may seem as though He isn’t listening, the truth is that He is in the process of blessing you more than you could realize. In the case of Abraham’s servant, the man simply wanted to find a woman who was suitable for Isaac and who would be willing to move in order to be Isaac’s wife. However, God heard the servant’s prayer, and instead of simply blessing him with a woman who met those two requirements, He provided the servant with a woman who was kind, gentle, beautiful, and well-connected. So, it is important to remember that while it might seem as though the Lord hasn’t heard your prayer, God is actually just taking the time to bless you in the most incredible, wish-fulfilling manner. Hold these words in your heart when you begin to wonder if your miracle is coming: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 (ESV)
- Remind yourself that God knows you are worthy. When it appears that God is not responding to your requests for assistance and guidance, you may begin to question whether or not you are worthy enough for His miracles. Yet it is important to remember that God is the ultimate judge and that He does not act as we expect Him to. For example, Moses once killed a man. In many of our eyes, this would indicate that he was no longer worthy. However, God continued to see his potential, and Moses went on to do wonderful things, bathed in heaven’s light. The same is true for Peter and Paul. So, it is imperative that we realize God sees our true worthiness, even if those around us (or even ourselves) don’t see it. Therefore, your prayer will be answered because you are worthy—and God, the ultimate judge, knows it. To remember this, keep these words close to your heart: “The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
Today, turn your blues to blessings by maintaining your faith in God’s blessings.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28 (ESV)
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