When God doesn't answer your prayer right away.
To Trust God is to also trust his timing. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” The Scripture says you will have what you ask for, but it doesn’t say when. This is because oftentimes there are certain conditions that must be met before you can see the answer manifest in your life.
Trusting Gods Timing
Habakkuk 2:3 in the AMPC says this, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be hold back on its appointed day.” According to this Scripture, God has an appointed time for when things happen in our lives. He knows when we are ready to receive the things we are praying for so zealously.
The answers to your prayers may not come immediately but that does not mean that God is ignoring you or punishing you. It just means it is not time for you to see the physical manifestation of your prayer request. With time, you will see the answer though because delay is not denial. We are the ones who assume that because an answer to prayer takes long to come, that it will never show up. But God promises that the answer will come at the right time and it will not disappoint you in any way. It will be a blessing and certainly worth the wait. Therefore, wait in faith and believe not in hopelessness, and defeat.
As you wait for the answer to your prayer to show up, thank God and praise him continually. Wait in Faith being sure of this very thing, that He will give you the answer you need when you need it. Until that time comes wait patiently and be confident that he is preparing you to receive your blessing and you can rejoice knowing that. God will keep His promises to you. Remember, Abraham and Sarah had to wait for God’s timing in order to see their promised son, Isaac. It took a while before Sarah conceived but God did not disappoint her. At the appointed time, this couple saw the answer to their prayer for a child. Genesis 21:1-2 says that the Lord visited Sarah like He had promised, and she bore a son at the set time. This reminds us, that God is at work bringing our prayer requests to pass but sometimes it just may take a while to get to us.
What do we do when God does not give us the answer we hoped for?
When we make a prayer to God, we expect that He will answer and give us our answer the way we want it. The Scripture we often quote is Luke 11:11-12, which says, “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?” It’s true, God will not give you a stone when you ask Him for bread, however, He will give you the bread that satisfies your hunger, not the one you want because it will make you happy.
God is a Father who cares about our hearts and knows the difference between what we need and what we want. We do not always see the end result of our prayers, but God does. We can easily begin to feel hopelessness, discouraged, disappointed and/or defeated when we do not get the answer we hoped for. However, as children of God, It is important for us to manage our expectations and trust that our Father in Heaven has our best interests at heart before dismissing the answer he gives us when it differs from the one we hoped for, wanted and ultimately expected.
The Scripture above Luke 11:11-12 reminds us that what we receive from God is the best answer always. God knows you; he knows every single detail of your life; he is omniscient and will meet your every needs according to what is best for you, for the long term not just for the right now. Many of the things we want and pray for, will only make us happy in the short term and may even lead us into sin if we are not careful. Therefore, put your trust in God’s ability to give you answers to your prayers that will bring Him glory by doing what is best for you.
God never goes against His Timing or his Word no matter how badly we want something. So next time instead of throwing up your hands, when God doesn’t give you an answer when you want it, try taking the time to appreciate all that he is doing for you, and how he is preparing you in your waiting season.
And when God doesn’t give you the answer you wanted, or when you want it, take the time to understand the answer he has gave you when he gives it to you and thank God for it.
Finally, always remember it is okay to ask God anything you do not understand regarding your prayers. He is more than happy to address your questions and concerns.
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