First and foremost, allow me to greet you a Happy New Year this 2016. Let us start it off with an intriguing statement, “Do you know that God answers all our prayers.”
“If this statement was true, then how come nothing has happened yet and I have been praying for a long time already?”
Let me ask you this.
When your son asks you for a new toy or gadget, do you say YES right away?
When your husband requests to buy a new car, do you say YES right away?
When an officemate requests you to do some extra work for him or her that is not within your scope, do you say YES right away?
We have to remember that “yes” is not the only answer, that there is ANOTHER answer from God. Just like when we respond to the requests of our children, spouse, sibling, parent, friend or officemate, God won’t always say, “YES”.
God does answer all our prayers, but it may not be the answer that we are expecting.
It may be…
“YES, BUT NOT NOW!”
Perhaps you are praying for a promotion, a big contract, additional income, but it still hasn’t happened.
You are now annoyed and are almost out of patience. Exactly! Perhaps the reason why God hasn’t answered your prayer is because you are not yet ready. Maybe God wants to teach you about being MORE PATIENT. We have become very impatient and we want to achieve or attain things right away, especially if we think that it can be done just with our own efforts.
It may not yet be the right time. Perhaps God is still working out something in you to prepare you for what He will do. Don’t worry. The Lord will not withhold anything that is meant to make you better.
And if you’re in this kind of situation, God is just telling you to “wait.”
Another answer can be…
“NO, IT WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR YOU!”
Perhaps you are praying to earn more money. You want to expand your business but it requires that you invest more time in it. It will definitely LESSEN YOUR QUALITY TIME with your family, and even require occasional trips out of the country. Yet you know that QUALITY TIME is more important than HIGHER INCOME.
So despite whatever you do, your plan to expand your business doesn’t push through. It seems that God isn’t answering your prayer. This is because God knows what will TRULY benefit us, and so at this point He will say “NO”, especially if it will not be good for us in the long run.
And finally, the long awaited answer of…
There are instances when God suddenly answers your prayers with a clear YES. And when God answers, He really adds no trouble to it. He knows that you are READY to receive his blessing and the responsibilities that come with it. He is never too early and never too late. Each “Yes” answer always comes at the perfect time.
THINK. REFLECT. APPLY.
What are you praying for now?
What is God’s answer?
Do you understand God’s answer to your prayer?
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