Bible Verse: Philippians 4:5-6 NIV
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Does God answer prayer? I’m sure your immediate reaction was an emphatic Yes! We have the knowledge that we come to a God who answers prayer, but we look around at things we have passionately prayed for and God hasn’t given the answer we expected, and somehow are hearts aren’t so sure that he does. I remember when I was doing the Alpha course, this question came up and the answer has stuck with me. God does answer prayer, sometimes He answers Yes, sometimes No, sometimes not yet, and sometimes not like that, but God always answers prayer. This can be difficult for us as we work ourselves into mindset that God should say Yes to everything. We do however, need to realise that sometimes “Yes” does not serve God’s purpose, sometimes “No” is God’s best for us, and all things happen in His way and His timing. When Jesus taught us to pray, he said “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done”, in 1 John we read, “if we ask anything according to His will”, in Isaiah God speaks to us directly “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. God’s view of what he will accomplish in a certain situation is not always the same as our view of what God should do in a given situation. We construct our prayers and requests in such a way that we only give God permission to answer our prayer, if he sees it as we do. As we start to present our requests for our people, our pastoral teams and our programmes, let’s open our hearts, to give our Father full permission to answer and move according to His perfect will.
Prayer and reflection:
As you listen to the track linked below, recall some of times when God’s answer to your prayer was difficult to understand, now start to bring thanksgiving as you now see what God did through that answer.