Have you prayed to God and felt like your prayers weren’t being answered?
You did everything in the book from meditating, to talked to a few elders at your church. You even put down the fork and missed the serving of a plate or two, only to find yourself asking God, “Man do you even hear me?”
Trust me, I’ve been there. In fact, I was actually there this morning before I read my daily devotion. You see, for a while now, I’ve been asking God to lead people my way to help me launch my upcoming magazine, Refresh. Now, although He has done that, I began to feel like things were moving at a very slow pace. So after my prayer this morning I made the statement, ” God sometimes I feel like you don’t even hear me.” After making that statement, I turned on the radio to play a few inspiration songs to prepare my mind for the Word of God and in the midst of waiting a short message came on about the importance of prayer and how it’s relevant to do so consistently. Following my praise and worship songs I then stated another short prayer asking God to take the veils from my eyes so that I would be able to read the Word clearly and receive the message behind the text.
Following my prayer I then opened up my Bible and went to Luke 18 verses 1 through 8 which read:
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”
After reading the parable and the notes that explained in detail what the message meant, I then became curious of where else I could find the phrase “always pray and never give up” in the Bible. Following the scripture references provided in the text, scriptures: Luke 11:5, 21:36, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 were given. Taking time to read each scripture, once I was finished, the Lord then revealed to me in a soft voice that if I was persistent in my prayers He would provide me with my hearts desires.
Just as the woman who continued to nag the judge until she received her request, God told me to continue to nag and bother Him until my prayers about my magazine were answered. Once I received that sure Word from God, I quickly repented and asked Him to forgive me for doubting Him and questioning Him about my prayers. For it was then brought to my attention that God hears ALL of our prayers, whether they be short or long, spoken at night or during the day. Believe it or not, as soon as He hears word, He begins to work on our prayers in a speedily manner. In fact, being that God knows all of our thoughts and He is aware of what’s going on in our minds He already knows of our prayers before they even come out of your mouths. So to be honest, our prayers are ALREADY answered. The only reason we are unable to see them when we want to is because He likes to challenge our FAITH by seeing if we truly believe that He is omnipotent over ALL things.
So Beautiful people, never feel like you’re getting on God’s nerves when you are praying for some of the same things over and over again. In fact, I urge you to continue to nag God. Put Him in remembrance of what He promised YOU! Read His Word back to Him in your prayers and put Him in check! I’m telling you people it WORKS!
*Grace and Peace*