Have you ever wondered how on earth God is going to answer your prayers?
When we ask God to do something that seems beyond the realm of possibility, our mind immediately tries to figure out how He is going to do it. If we cannot think of a means for God to answer our prayers, we often fall back into doubt and unbelief. The result is that we either let go of our dreams or fall into hopelessness and despair.
God doesn’t want us to give up just because we can’t figure out how He is going to answer our prayers. This is why King Solomon wrote:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)
God delights when we trust Him to answer our prayers, even when we can’t figure out how He is going to do it! When the situation seems impossible, that is when God loves to show us that He is more than able to do it.
Many refuse to believe that they have the answer until they see it with their own eyes. But Jesus said these words:
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24 NKJV, emphasis mine.)
God expects us to believe we have the answer the very moment we ask Him for it! Isn’t that amazing? When we ask Him to give us something which He has promised in His Word, He says “Yes” to us. He immediately sends His angels to bring it to pass. Sometimes the answer comes at that very moment, but other times we have to stand in faith until it does. This can take days, weeks, months and even years. It all depends on what God has to do to bring it into our hands. Sometimes He has to raise us up to a level where we are able to receive it. As we grow in our faith, we can develop it to a point where we are not moved by how long it takes for an answer to come. We can have peace and joy believing that we have the answer now in the spiritual realm, regardless of how long it takes to show up in the natural.
If we practice believing we have the answer when we pray, it will become second nature to us. That will be our new normal! We will be unmoved by the fact that we can’t see the answer just as the Apostle Paul wrote:
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV)
God wants us to keep walking by faith, trusting in Him, and not be moved by our circumstances. He wants us to believe the answer is on the way, even though we can’t see it.
We often don’t realize that our prayers are already being answered in the unseen realm. From the time we make our petition, God’s angels are actively at work to bring the answer to us. We cannot see what they are doing, so we have to trust God that He is working everything out for us. Jesus used this illustration to show how things take place in the unseen realm:
“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” (Mark 4:26-27 NKJV, emphasis mine.)
Can you imagine a farmer digging his seed up every day to see if it’s growing? He knows to leave it in the ground, even though there is no evidence of growth. In the same way, once we place our request in God’s hands, we need to leave it there and let Him take care of it. That is the secret to answered prayer! This is why the writer of Hebrews wrote:
“Now faith is . . the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
Our job is not to know how God is going to answer our prayers – our job is only to believe! Once we have made our request to the Lord, we need to stop asking Him for the same thing over and over again. God is not moved by the number of times we pray about our needs. He is only moved by our faith. Jesus said:
“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:7-8 NKJV)
Just meditate on those words and let them sink in. It will completely transform the way you pray! If God already knows our need before we even come to Him in prayer, then why do we need to remind Him about it? If we do come to Him again about the same need, it should be to thank Him for hearing and answering our prayer. That’s how we show that we believe He heard us the first time we prayed!
If you haven’t seen the answer to your prayer yet, don’t give up. God is faithful to keep His promises and your answer is on the way!
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you seen God answer your prayer when you couldn’t see how He could ever do it? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]