Prayer Thought: There Will be an Answer
“No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes.”
Do we truly believe that God hears our prayers? Furthermore, do we believe in the power of prayer and bringing our requests before the Lord? How we pray and how often we pray say a lot about how we view God. I can attest to the fact that my faith is bolstered when God answers a specific request with speed and finality. But what happens when the answer doesn’t come in a timely fashion or in the way that I personally feel like it should. What if He’s telling me to wait and be obedient? Do I still trust that he knows what’s best for me? Or do I stop praying because the answer didn’t come or that He’s taking too long for my comfort? I have learned through experience that praying for God’s will to be done in a certain situation is so much greater and much more effective than if I were to try to control the outcome. When we faithfully persevere in prayer, the Lord not only grows our faith but also supplies us with far more than we ask of Him.
Identify one specific prayer request that you find difficult to keep praying through. Be honest with the Father about your doubts regarding His time and His answer (Ps. 17:6).
Clayton J. Elliott, Kontaktmission USA
Director of Pastoral Ministries and Prayer