Matthew 7:6-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Okay – so if I ask for it I should receive it, right? Because the Bible says so, right? So why are my most deepest heart wrenching wishes not coming true? Why is God not granting me my requests, especially when I am sure that my prayer requests and needs line up with His will and His Word?
Its not like I am asking to win a million dollars or reverse my age by 15 years, for goodness sakes! I know that He would be glorified if my prayers were answered, and I would give Him all the praise, so why isnt He answering them?
That has been a question pricking at my heart for a very long time about a few issues in my life. I pray, and pray, and pray some more. I pray about them in my car, in my bed, in the shower, in church, and throughout my day – and nothing seems to change. But Gods Word says if I ask, I will receive, if I believe in Him? And I most definitely believe. So, why?
Over the past 3 days, the above verses have popped up – at church, in an email I received from someone, and even on someones Facebook page today. Ironic? I dont think so.
God at work? Most definitely.
I believe in my heart that nothing, and I mean nothing, is ironic. I know that God ordains “irony”, and so much so, that it becomes impossible to write off ironic things as irony.
When I begin to see a pattern of God working, either by the same bible verse popping up over a period of time, or hearing the same opinions about a certain subject from various people, or coming across things in Gods Word that all seem to point to the same end result – I begin to take notice.
So today, I am taking notice. I am noticing how many times I have questioned God as to why He is not answering my prayer over a certain situation in my life. I am noticing how God is trying to tell me, that regardless of the current circumstances, frustrations, and heartache, that I must first continue to seek Him, and believe that His ways are not my ways. That His plan is bigger and better than I can imagine. That one day, I will get a glimpse of His plan, and that I need to trust in His timing.
Easy to do? No, I want my prayers answered now. I want my concerns to be remedied. I want to see God make a change in my circumstance as vividly as if I saw lightning flash across the sky. But God impressed upon my heart this morning, as I was praying, that I need to trust Him, even when it appears that He is not doing anything lightning-worthy in my life, of which my human eyes can see. The term “walking by faith” kept coming up in my mind. And if I am honest with myself, I think lately I have been trying to “see” God working, instead of focusing on my faith, and what God may be doing that I cannot see.
I know God is always at work. I love Him, and even though my faith often gets sidetracked as I focus on my feelings, doubts, insecurities and fears, I still believe that He is at work. Regardless of whether or not He answers my prayers right now or in the way I want, I commit to still love Him. I know that without Him I am nothing, and His word assures me that I am valuable, even when I am feeling of little value. I know that when I feel like I am lost and cant figure out which way to turn, that I can seek Him with my whole heart and He will guide me.
So today, I am seeking Him. I ask for His forgiveness for doubting that He is at work, that He hears my prayers, and that He really does want to bless me and do what is best for my life. I lay my burdens at His feet, because I know He cannot carry them for me, until I lay them down. I will continue to pray for that victory that I mentioned yesterday, and believe that through Him, all things are possible.
I ask for Gods peace today, and for Him to fill me with such a passionate spirit for Him, that I will not only see Him working in my life, but that I will patiently wait for His answers to prayers.
If you are struggling today with unanswered prayers, I also pray over these things for your life, and that you will seek God with your whole heart, believe that in someway, somehow, and someday, He will answer those prayers, and that you will then recognize that His answer was in fact, the right answer.
In His holy name, Jesus. Amen.