The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! Psalm 34:19-20 NLT
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24 NLT
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
The holiday season is a very interesting season; with all of the gift-giving, many of us begin to increase our prayer requests to God. We begin to think of the many necessities which are really our personal desires or we may see others receiving blessings, and we begin to pray for that new job, a new vehicle, or maybe healing from an ongoing health condition.
Recently, I listened to a very interesting sermon, entitled “When God says No!” It seems inconceivable that God would not answer our prayers in the affirmative when we have earnestly prayed for deliverance or a much-needed blessing. But God proves to us that we cannot make demands when we pray; historically the Bible substantiates a time when God did not answer the prayer of even a righteous man who was suffering from a physical malady: Although the Apostle Paul prayed for God to remove his physical affliction which he referred to as a thorn in the flesh; God said no!
This was God’s answer to Paul: Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
The real issue lies from within: How do we react when our prayers are not answered in the way that we feel they should be answered? Are we upset, frustrated, depressed, or do we feel forsaken by God?
God cannot go back on His Word nor can He contradict himself! And yes, God answered the Apostle’s prayer; however, it was not in the affirmative to receive healing from his physical condition. The reality is that Paul required a reminder of God’s grace; grace that is given freely to the unworthy; grace is the unmerited favor that keeps our heart beating, grace keeps the perfect levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide flowing in and out of our respiratory system; grace gives our brains the ability to learn, to pursue and achieve our goals; grace allows humanity to make advancements appropriate to the era in which we live, and without asking for grace, God does all of this and much more for humanity.
Spiritually, God’s grace is extended to us in that we may approach him boldly in prayer; God’s grace allows us to communicate with him at any time of the day or night; His grace protects us from being beaten down mentally, emotionally and physically from the evil powers of Satan; God’s grace allows us to get to know him through the study of His Holy Word; God’s grace extends lovingly and unconditionally, and when humanity took the plunge and willingly fell into Sin, God’s grace allowed His, Son, Jesus Christ to relinquish His Divinity, to stoop low and become human in order to die for our sins that we may be redeemed and have the opportunity to have Eternal life. Yet, we cannot live one day without committing sin against God.
Now that we have an increased awareness of God’s grace, our perspective must change! We do not have a reason to be depressed, annoyed or to feel a sense of hopelessness.
Yes, it is the Season to Change our Mindset! Instead of asking, and asking, Let us give God the gifts of our praise, our worship, and our thankfulness for the endless supply of His Grace.
God does answer every prayer and through His Grace, we are blessed and highly favored…We are alive and that is so much better than receiving any material gifts or having a jolly time and a very Merry Christmas.
Bible Reading: Psalm 34
Prayer for today: Dear God, We come to you with praise and thanksgiving for your grace; we thank you for your unmerited favor upon our lives. We acknowledge that your grace has brought us safely through to this point. We ask forgiveness for asking above and beyond what you have blessed us with. You have promised to answer our prayers even before we call on your name. Thank you for loving us, thank you for providing for us, and thank you for the privilege to come to you in prayer. As we strive for spiritual perfection, we ask to be filled with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for the gift of your Son who fulfilled the Plan of Redemption by His death, and now serves as our great Intercessor in Heaven. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019