One thing we must do is stop assuming that we are All-Powerful and know what God wants for us! Because the truth is more likely, while we might know He wants salvation for us through Jesus; how He gets [each] of us there is a different story.
You’ll notice that I began this post with the last paragraph of part one of this article, (Getting a Busy Signal from God?) Note however, I added the word(s) “each of,” in the last sentence. We are indeed, all different, and each of us has a different story; a different story of redemption.
The truth is, no one ever gets a busy signal from God. He either answers our prayers or He doesn’t. And don’t ever think that God is ignoring you because He doesn’t answer with thunder and a voicemail.
We might not receive His answer in a quick internet-like Google response, but this does not mean He is ignoring us. God doesn’t follow the same calendar as we do, nor does he work according to our timetable.
Can we take silence as a “no?” No! He can answer our prayers immediately or forty years from now. But I tell you this; praying is not a “one-and-done” practice. How far would you get in your car if you only filled the gas tank once?
We are taught, throughout the Bible, how to pray. Prayer must be continuous. Paul tells us to “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing,” (1 Th 5:16-17). We are never closer to our Creator than while we are alone, praying.
Christ Himself said; “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you,” (Mat 6:6).
And Jesus went on; “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words,” (Mat 6:7).
It’s a sure thing. We are not monks living in the middle ages. It’s a bit unrealistic in today’s world, that we could “pray without ceasing.” We do what we can, and we always strive to do better.
Even as a minister, I do not spend enough time praying. We can all do better. In biblical times there were people who could devote their time to prayer; the apostles did, (Act 6:4).
Paul himself, spent an extraordinary amount of time praying. Consider the opportunity he had to devote to prayer as he trekked back and forth across Asia Minor and during his imprisonments alone.
Keep in mind as we pray, God already knows what we need. In the same chapter of Mathew, Christ says, “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him, (Mat 6:8). (bold=author’s emphasis)
So, is it okay to pray for a bigger home? It could be. Perhaps you have a few children and they all must share small bedrooms. What if you have no children but just want a large home? Go ahead, pray for that larger home. If God blesses you with it, perhaps He’s telling you something. Perhaps God is telling you that you’re going to need it.
Paul wrote to the Philippians; “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus,” (Php 4:19). (bold=author’s emphasis) Yes, God will supply your needs.
He may not necessarily provide all that you desire but He surely provides our needs. But remember this, What God sees as our needs and what we determine to be our needs more than likely are very different.
To Be Continued…
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