I sat beside a delightful lady at a recent prayer gathering. She related with passion each of the steps of her healing from a devastating car accident.
“The healing was
miraculous,” she said.
Broken bones healed
with no need for casts, cuts on her face healed with no scars. And
doctors said she would lose her teeth as they had turned gray because
they began to die due to the severe impact. But God healed them as they
turned white before her eyes, leaving the doctors stunned.
We all listened in
awe. But after the astonishment subsides, do we sometimes wonder: Why
aren’t our own prayers answered and why do miracles seem to pass us by?
I imagine Joni
Erickson might have wondered the same from time to time while spending
her life, paralyzed in that wheel chair.
But even when we
question, God still insists for us to bring our requests before Him.
And when we do, here
are five steps to make sure He will answer them:
1. Readjust our
priorities. If we seek the answer to our Prayer with more passion than
we seek God Himself, His patience rather than answers is what will be at
work. (Matthew 6:33)
2. Resist the temptation to recite
memorized, perfect prayers, with lovely words and deep insight. God
simply wants the genuine expression of our heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
3. Recognize that sometimes we don’t know
how to pray or what our requests should be. So we can freely ask for Him
to show us what to pray for. (Psalm 139:23)
4. Remember that His answer is always in
His timing, not ours because a thousand years in God’s sight are like a
day that has just gone by. (Psalm 90:4)
5. Relish in the fact that while we wait,
He’s working in us, in our heart, in our situation. He has the answered
already prepared. (Ephesians 2:10)
Why follow these steps? Because “This
is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him” (1
While we pray, we’re certain that in His
timing and ways, we have what we ask. We receive what He offers. We
expect what He promises. And while we wait, we frame our patience with
joy, confidence and peace.
How much confidence
do you have that God will answer your prayers?
Janet P. Eckles