Have you earnestly prayed for a personal desire or a problem, and after a predetermined time when you did not receive your blessing, you decided to take matters into your own hands? Many of us, at some point, have made the decision to help God to answer our prayers. What we fail to realize is that God has responded to our prayer, it’s just that we are not spiritually in sync to hear, understand, or accept His answer.
Answers to our prayers include:
1. Yes, immediately.
2. Yes, but not now. Wait.
If my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
1. God’s promises are always based on “If.” We must pray with a clean heart and a contrite spirit. It takes active participation to possess humility and discard our willfulness.
2. Are our prayers amiss? What are we praying for? God is Omniscient, knowing the end from the beginning. Our minds are finite, and we are unable to foresee the consequences of our desires and choices.
Paul prayed three times for God to remove the thorn from his flesh. Whatever the malady was that caused his suffering, God said no, but He lovingly provided Paul with an explanation: But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9.
3.”…What is a man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? Hebrews 2:6. When we receive the answer of “No” or “Yes, but not now. Wait;” then we must recognize our limitations as human beings and fully accept God’s will. Even Job became haughty when suffering through his gruesome trials, but God reminded Job of who He is: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you know so much.” Job 38:4.
4. Changing our perspective of God results in extreme piety, which is devotion, and reverence to a God whose Omnipotence is not harsh and overbearing. God was aware that humanity would fail miserably, and we would always be drawn toward sin and its pleasures. Even so, His merciful solution was to love us unconditionally by giving His only Son to suffer and die for us. The Plan of Salvation included Confession, Repentance, Faith, Trust, and Obedience to ensure that we had the opportunity to be redeemed from our sins and receive the reward of Eternal life. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15.
5. When God says “yes,” to our prayers, then we must move forward without fear. It is not the time to ask What if?
Then Moses asked God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ What should I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3: 13, 14
Who can know our life story before it unfolds? Only God! Give Him your unconditional love and trust in Him, even unto death.
6. How will we know God’s answer? The Holy Spirit will allow a complete understanding of God’s desires for each of us. You will know exactly which path He desires for you to take. Casting all doubt aside and trusting in God is possible because we know His Character from studying the Bible. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.… Jeremiah 29:11-12
7. Does “I AM” still love us? The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, with lovingkindness, I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3
When we fully surrender to God, we pray and thank Him in advance for providing the perfect solutions. And we stand still until He answers; Wait patiently for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the LORD! Psalm 27:14
Dear God: Help us to understand who you really are and to wait for your answer until you reveal your will for our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020