Are you waiting for an answer to prayer? Maybe the reason you haven’t heard back is because you’re stressed about the situation. It may be a serious issue that you have to deal with.
I have a suggestion that might help. Worship God. Really worship Him. Sing songs, praise Him, declare His goodness. Stay in that environment of His presence for a while so you feel His peace. Be still and know that He is God. Then listen with your heart.
Our petitions made to Him in a joyful, praised-filled heart are easily heard. It reminds us of how big He is. We force ourselves to stop looking at our issues and focus on Him. That’s the real key to getting prayers answered. You’re welcome.
That time of worship will open up heaven not only for the answers you’ve been waiting for, but for the things that God wants to communicate to you. It’s your direct connection with Him that He’s waiting for. Try it. It will change your prayer life.
How easy it is to be distracted by life. Our well established routines of spending quiet time with God can disappear in a nano second when life changes. We take a trip. Someone comes to visit. We get sick. All of a sudden we realize that it’s been days, weeks, or months since we’ve been in communion with God the way we used to.
Everyone does this. We just have to remember what our priorities are and go back. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Mat 6:33) This should be the most important thing. If we are not seeking God first, everyday, then we are in danger of losing focus on what is right and safe for us. The enemy would love us to feel that prayer takes too much time, that we don’t hear from God anyway. Don’t believe it.
Confess to God if you’ve been neglecting Him. Ask His forgiveness and enter into the joy of relationship with Him. Soak in His presence and feel His love wash over you. Ask Him to speak to your heart. He’s always communicating to you somehow, you just haven’t been listening.
Parents have such a commanding responsibility in the way they raise their children. The current climate of inclusion and political correctness makes it difficult to teach what is godly and what is not. But ultimately, the responsibility of teaching belongs to the parents.
Train up a child in the way he should go,and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Prov 22:6)
The way he should go means that the child should understand his place in the kingdom. He needs to know that he will stand before God one day. (Thank you, Bill Johnson for that message.) He’s not going to learn that at school. He may not learn that at church or Sunday School. I didn’t when I was young.
If you became a believer after your children got old, it’s not too late to pray for them. A parent’s prayer is straight from the heart. Trust God and do not panic if your kids don’t know God. Praying for your kids is just like praying for anything else. You have to believe completely for what you ask for, then relax and trust. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Jam 5:16)
When do you think your prayers will be answered? What do you expect God to do for you? How will He do it? Can He do it? There is a fine line between expecting answers and just trusting. There is also a balance in expecting what we ask for and just looking at the One who gives.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the faith of receiving and lose track of the awesomeness of God. Keep your eyes on Him while you’re asking for what you need. It’s by His goodness, His kindness, His mercy that our prayers are answered. Be grateful. Stay humble before Him.
God loves us so much and we need to respond back to Him in love. If we are continually asking and not loving back, chances are our prayers won’t be answered. He’s looking for hearts of love to bless. Imagine your children always asking and never being thankful or grateful, or even acknowledging your presence. (Ok, that may be too close to home for some, but you get my point.)
What do you want God to do for you? I’ll stop and wait while you think about it. It’s a serious question that requires thought and a serious answer…. I’ll be honest and say that the things at the top of my list have been all for me. I want what will make me happy. I’m not completely selfish. It’s not far down the list that I want to bless other people in specific ways.
How we answer this question honestly has a lot to do with what God will actually do for us. I think the reason I haven’t seen some answered prayer is because my priorities were wrong. It’s taken a long time to realign them into the order that He agrees with. He won’t hesitate to bless what what is already on His heart.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (Jam 4:3) I’ve been guilty of this and had to repent. I haven’t given up on what I was asking for, but I would rather have what God wants for me. I work to keep Him my priority. I know that when I want Him more than anything, everything else will fall into place.