Have you ever prayed about something near and dear to your heart for a long time and all your spirit hears are crickets? Yeah, me too. It’s times like those that it is easy to believe two lies: 1.) God doesn’t hear us. or 2.) God chooses not to answer.
When I’m feeling spiritually weak, I am prone to believe one or both of these lies.
The Bible says that we walk by faith, not by sight, right? I’m so glad our spiritual walk is based on what the Bible says and not on how we feel or what we see.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” ~ I John 5:14-15
Over the course of my life, I have prayed countless prayers. Some have taken years before I saw the answers come to fruition. That just makes the answer that much more sweet. Ah, the delays. Why the delays? We may never know this side of heaven but what we do know is that God wants us to pray, expecting that we will receive.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16
Probably my favorite parable of all is that of the widow and the unjust judge. She kept beseeching his help and finally because this widow was relentless – She would NOT give up – The judge granted her request! (lest she weary him) I love this because it illustrates the power of standing firm in prayer, never giving up – no matter what! Tenacious praying!
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” ~ Luke 18:1-8
Now, God does not have the attitude of this unjust judge, but rather, Jesus was drawing a contrast to our heavenly Father. If this was the response of the unjust judge, what do you think the response of our Abba Father would be when one of His children calls?
I recently received a glimpse of the beginnings of an answer to one of my heart’s cries and I was indeed humbled once again. Humbled because it showed me that despite my faith, maybe sometimes I doubt whether God is working behind the scenes.
Just because we cannot see the manifestation of the object of our prayer does not mean there isn’t movement!
It is possible that some answers to prayer may not be visible or made known to us during our lifetime. It may be that future realities will be born out of today’s prayer. And these realities may be birthed long after we are gone. That should give us cause to pray even more fervently because I do not believe that prayers die. I believe that God remembers our petitions to throne of grace and that He will cause His perfect will to be accomplished. But the vehicle for this to be carried out is prayer. In this regard, I believe prayer is a great legacy.
So, don’t give up on those prayers that are near to your heart, my friend. God knows. He hears. He sees your tears and knows the cry of your heart.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ~ I Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” ~ James 5:16