If you were raised up in a religious home, then perhaps you began praying even before you fully understood the concept. When I was little, what my parents taught me that God is our heavenly Father who loves me dearly and will do whatever I ask of Him in prayer. Hence, I prayed for the usual: protection while I slept, provision of daily bread, good health, help with studies etc.
As a child, this was enough for me to build my relationship with God. But as I grew up, I found out that prayer entailed more. The parameters didn’t just start and end with me making requests and God making provisions for them.
I learned that prayer is a two-way conversation to draw closer to and grow intimate with Him. It’s to know Him for WHO He is; not just WHAT He can do for me. Hence this changed the perspective of prayer for me.
People sometimes ask: does prayer work? The answer is, yes, it does; however, you will only agree or disagree depending on your definition of it.
God’s answers to our prayers fall in three main categories: YES, NO and WAIT.
If we only consider our prayers to be answered when He does give us what we want, then you wouldn’t think that prayers always work. But an answer is a response to a question: not necessarily what we want to hear.
1 John 5:14-15 says: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.” (NIV)
When God says YES to our prayers, it is to satisfy us. As long as it is in line with He has in mind for you, then you shall have it.
When the answer is NO, it’s not because God just turned mean daddy on you. Sometimes we think we know what we want when in actual fact, we don’t. We make some requests to sort out some at-the-moment inconveniences or cravings but God who knows the end from the beginning, knows that it won’t augur well for us in the long run. God’s NO is to protect us.
We might not get it or appreciate it but nonetheless, we should trust Him. He knows best.
When the answer is WAIT, then kindly do just that. Blessings are pleasant because they arrive just at the right time for us to enjoy them. When we receive gifts before we are matured enough to appreciate them, we misuse them and they could become a snare to us. God’s WAIT is to prepare us for what He has in store for us. Trust His timing. He’s never late.
God delights in giving us the desires of our hearts…as long as they align with His perfect plan for us. He is still answering your prayers, including the one you uttered right now.
© Josephine Amoako 2020