Recently some of our friends have seen God answer some pretty big prayers.
- Assurance of employment
- Gospel break through with a friend who is far from God
- The blessing of a child through adoption
- The healing of deep historical wounds
- Financial blessing and business success
- The restoration of a strained and troubled marriage
- The provision of a community or family of faith
There have been times in my life when answered prayers for others made me angry. Why was God answering their prayers and not mine? When would He meet my needs? Are my prayers not good enough? Pretty selfish, petty and small…
Thoughts like these, besides making me bitter, jacked up my view of God. I began to view him as an unfair Father, a withholder, cruel and distant. Thinking like this kept me from entering in and celebrating God’s goodness with people I loved.
Waiting for God to answer prayer is part of His work in our lives. I’m finding that a delay in His answer is leading to greater dependence upon Him as my source of joy, it is causing a greater determination to seek Him and His way, it is developing an appropriate sense of desperation that reminds me that I’m not God. This is hard work, because it’s heart work. But it’s good.
When friends share that God has come through—it is evidence that God answers prayer. He will answer me. My experience has taught me that God is never early or late but always on time. Now, when I receive a text or email reporting an answered prayer I smile, voice a prayer of thanks and grow in my ability to trust and wait.