Have you ever prayed and prayed but felt as if God didn’t hear your prayers? That He didn’t answer?
What I have learned, based on my experiences, is God does answer. At times, the way He answers may be different from what we expected. His timing may not match ours. But, He hears us when we pray and He answers.
In God’s word, we find, “He hears the prayer of the righteous.” Psalms 15:29
“You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth.” Psalm 65:5
At times, He even answers before we pray. “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24
The question is, what does it look like when He answers?
3 Ways God Answers Prayer
1. Sometimes, God answers, “Yes.” It may be an immediate answer or one that comes the way we expected. Our faith increases and grows our confidence because we know He heard our prayers.
2. At times, God answers, “Not yet.” The answer to our prayer doesn’t always happen in our timing. When that happens, we must not allow discouragement to overtake us and cause us to stop praying.
3. Sometimes, God answers, “No.” What we think is good for us at that moment may not be for our good and His glory. Many times, I have looked back in gratitude for the times God answered no.
God’s answers to our prayers, “yes,” “not yet,” and “no,” may not come the way expected but He always answers.
Trust the He hears you when you pray. Trust His timing. Believe He works all things together for our good and His glory.
Because of Him,
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