During our midweek service, we often sing a song that goes like this,
” God answers prayer in the morning
God answers prayer at noon
God answers prayer in the evening
So keep your heart in tune.”
Have you ever doubt God’s ability to answer our prayers? Many times we feel that God is just so silent that we start to ask ourselves if He hears or answers our prayers. There is no question about us praying. We don’t stop praying and hoping that God will answer our prayers. But why is it too long? Why don’t we see those prayers come to pass?
I have my own story about doubts and unbelief, too. It’s been more than a year since I started praying for healing. Until now, I have not received an answer from the Lord. Sometimes, I find myself so discouraged and disheartened. It feels like I am trapped with the cycle of waiting and losing hope then waiting again. It makes me paralyzed and helpless. Sometimes, I think I could never be healed anymore. It brings me so much fear.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled over a testimony of a mom whom God miraculously healed from a terminal illness and she said something that struck me – sometimes, we don’t get to see God’s answer to our prayers because we lack faith. When she asked God’s healing, she put her total faith that the Lord will answer her prayer. And, God did. It lingered in my mind for quite some time and made me realized the truth in it. Yes, there are moments when we ask God not by faith, but by testing and proving. We test God if He will answer our prayers with a “yes.” If he doesn’t answer within our time frame, we move on and do our thing. We tell Him that He does not care.
A couple of years ago, I heard a preaching about God answering our prayers in 3 ways: yes, no, or later. But we are always expecting a “yes” answer. Whenever we don’t see it come to pass, we say that God does not answer our prayers. We forget that “no” means it is not for us for a reason. Or “later” means we need to exercise our patience.
I used to think that God does not answer some prayers. But as I seek and know Him, I was able to understand that in my finite and selfish mind, I refused to accept a “no” answer and just keep on believing that He does with just some concerns.
Whenever I focus on the thing that I am praying for, it always ends up with the question, “If God hears my prayer, why does it take so long to see His answers?” Or I conclude that maybe His answer is a “no.” However, when I hold on to His promises from the Scripture and listen to His still small voice, my soul suddenly becomes alive and vibrant. His Word assures me that He will answer my prayer in His time, not mine. It might not be the answer that I expected, but He will.
These trying times made me realize how the Lord is asking me to wait on Him. That’s how he answers my prayer. At least, as of now.
The Bible gives as assurance that God answers prayers.
“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.” 1 John 5:14-15
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24
“I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2
Will God answer yours?
Maybe like me, you are waiting for God to answer your prayers. Or maybe, he already answered, but you are too focus on that “yes” answer that you forget the “no” and “later.” I don’t know how you can relate to this. But one thing I know, God answers prayers. May we become sensitive to see His answers and not our concept of answers.