Answered Prayer

21 Oct

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14–15, NKJV)

Today, God answered a prayer for me.  How grateful and thrilled I am to see His hand at work!   Truthfully, the Lord has answered thousands of prayers for me over the years, but it thrills my soul in a fresh way every time it happens.  Among those thousands of answered prayers are those that He answered immediately and some that he required me to wait for years before seeing it happen.  In some cases, the Lord answered my prayer, but He did it in a way that I never dreamed or imagined.   There have been a few prayers that God answered in such a quiet way that it took me a while to realize what was happening.  In a handful of instances, God has answered prayers for me even after I had grown discouraged and stopped asking. There have even been answered prayers that came out of the blue while I was dealing with difficult, unrelated circumstances.  Answered prayers take many forms – all of them great!

Answered prayers are a glorious thing. They work together for our good and God’s glory.  They build our faith.  They stretch our faith.  They convict us and shape us into more of what we need to be.  In God’s time and in God’s way, they come.  They remind us all over again that we are not the masters of our lives, but we are in the hand of the Sovereign One.

Perhaps God answered a prayer for you today. Why don’t you join me in giving Him praise and rejoicing in His goodness & faithfulness?  If no answer to your prayer came today, don’t give up.  Keep praying.  God can do more in a moment than you can do in a lifetime.  You just never know when that moment will come and it will be glorious.

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