Monday, 17 February 2014

Does God Hear My Prayers?

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. —James 1:5-8 

Life has provided me with some valuable lessons.  There was a time in my life, not that long ago, that if God answered my prayer in a way that resembled what I had asked for, I wouldn’t give it a second thought.  If His response was different than what I had asked for or He “failed” to respond I would be disappointed.

For the longest time in my Christian walk I suspect my prayers sounded like God was a vending machine, there to dispense what I felt I needed at the time.   Fortunately over time I have learned to ask God for solutions that would bring glory to Him.  By now I have learned well that what seems like silence is an answer and what seems like a different answer is a blessing.  Instead of asking God to change others to fit my criteria I am asking God to change my heart toward those people.  Every time I see some growth I am confronted with some new “weeds” in my life.  Oh that God would just have a solution of “Roundup” that He would spray on me.

Time to connect the dots.  Some of you are in a difficult marriage.  Some of you are learning firsthand what your vows “for better or worse “really meant.  Some of you are just disenchanted and/or discouraged that your marriage is not what you hoped it would be.  In each of these instances you may have taken your worries, concerns and frustrations to the Lord and yet there is no observable change.  You may be asking, “Doesn’t He hear my prayers?”

It comes down to this, does God lie?  Scripture tells us that He doesn’t (Numbers 23:19).  Psalm 147 verses three through five says,He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”  If He knows the stars by name and gives you your next breath, He hears your prayers.  He loves you enough to sacrifice his own Son for you and me.  His timing is always perfect and He has a plan for your life.  Expect the best, for that is what He has for you.

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