Prayer should not be merely an act, but an attitude of life.Billy Graham
Billy Graham says it well when he goes on to say that “prayer is a two-way conversation between you and God” and “it is the Christian’s greatest weapon”. In Philippians 4:6-7 we are encouraged “[to not] worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
God always answers prayer.
“This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him.”
(1 John 5:14-15)
“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done. And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.'”
“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.”
“Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thess. 5:16-18)
In these verses above it clearly shows us that if we ask, He WILL listen and He WILL answer, if we simply trust. In your prayer time, declare these promises and know that He is always with you and is always listening. He wants to bless us, according to His divine purpose for us, so that we may go into the world and ultimately bless others. In the Bible God answered many of His servants’ prayers with a big YES! Here are some examples…
God said yes to Hezekiah when he prayed for healing.
(2 Kings 20:1-7)
God said yes to Hannah when she prayed to bare children.
(1 Samuel 1:1-20)
God said yes to Joshua in the heat of battle when he prayed that the sun and moon would stand still.
God said yes to the Church when they earnestly prayed for Paul’s release from prison.
God is in control.
So what about when we feel as though our prayers are going unanswered or even unheard?
First, be sure you begin your prayer time by asking God for forgiveness and for Him to cleanse your soul of all impurity. God desires for you to come to His throne with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3-4). Once you have done this, God casts away your sins as far as the east is from the west and remembers them no more. You can now rest in assurance that God is listening.
So what about when we’ve asked God for forgiveness, we know He is listening, we’ve prayed the same prayer over and over again, but it still seems as though there is no answer?
God answered you. Yep, you read that correctly. God always answers our prayers… He just may not answer in the way or timing that we anticipated. But I can assure you that His answer is the best answer, even if we don’t see it. He hears our cries and He knows our hearts and our deepest desires.
Let me remind you: God is God. He reigns supreme, He knows what is best, and He is in control. It is difficult to comprehend as human beings because we want control and it can be difficult to let go of that. Ultimately, God wants us to trust in Him. He wants us to let go of control and allow Him to take the steering wheel of our lives. We are not meant to understand His ways, instead we are simply meant to trust His ways.
God is still good, even when the answer is “no”.
I wrote this blog post to encourage and remind everyone that God ALWAYS answers prayer. Sometimes when God says “no” we believe the lie that our prayer went unanswered, but let me remind you that “no” is still an answer. Receiving a “no” can still come with new revelation, experiences, and excitement. When God says “no”, He may be closing one door to open up an even greater door. In the moment, the closed door may sting a little, our finger may get jammed, and our dreams may be crushed. Here is another sweet reminder: God has a plan and His plan is so much greater than any plan we could dream up for ourselves. His plan and purpose is perfect and full of goodness. In fact, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you’—this is the Lord’s declaration—’plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
God said no to David’s request for his child’s life.
(2 Samuel 12:1-23)
God said no to Moses entering the promise land.
God said no to Elijah because He had something better for him in the waiting.
(1 Kings 19:1-4)
God said no to James and John because of divine appointment.
God said no to Paul when he pleaded to have the “thorn in his flesh” departed from him.
(2 Corinthians 12:7-9)
God said no to Abraham and Sarah for a time, because God’s timing was perfect.
God even said no to Jesus when he prayed for the cup to be taken away from Him right before He was to be arrested and crucified.
“Let’s remind our hearts of this truth [today]: Prayer does make a difference. We don’t need to know how. We don’t need to know when. We just need to kneel confidently and know even our most simple prayers extend far wide and far high and far deep. Keep praying, friend. God is listening.”Lysa TerKeurst
God is listening, sweet friend. He hears you, He cares deeply, and He loves you with an everlasting and unconditional love. He only wants what is best for us and sometimes that may involve closing doors and unwanted answers. In the midst of it all you can remember that God always has a plan, through good and bad seasons. His will for us is perfect.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me of my sin. Purify my soul and help me to live a life that is more pleasing to you, so that I may radiate your light through my words and actions. God, give me spiritual eyes to see your will for my life and to trust that it is good and perfect. Help me listen closely for when you answer. Even when it may not be the answer I hoped for, help me to have faith and to trust in You. In your Name I pray, Amen.
Kaitlyn is 23, a wife, a chinchilla mom, and she currently works full-time as a retail department manager. She dabbles a little in portrait and nature photography, as she enjoy capturing memories and natural beauty. Kaitlyn loves to write, spend time with her hubby, and explore God’s marvelous creation. She enjoys playing the piano, even though she’s still a beginner. Random fact: She would probably cry if she was ever given the honor of holding a sloth. Most importantly, Kaitlyn loves Jesus and is so grateful for His unconditional love and grace. She learns more about Him everyday, and desires to journey with other women, as we learn to walk in bravery, and shine His light through our lives.