“In that day you will ask nothing of Me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My Name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 26:23-24)
In regard to God’s answers to prayer, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
“It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingl’y, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer; and further we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us, and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing.” (George Mueller)
Sometimes I wonder if we are often unprepared for the answers we receive from God in our prayers. Maybe it’s because God’s answers frequently do not look at first glance anything like what we were looking for.
Instead, they look more like problems. They look like trouble. They look like loss, disappointment, affliction, conflict, sorrow.
They cause deep soul wrestling and expose sins and doubts and fears.
They are NOT what we would have expected , and we often do not see how they correspond to what we were praying about..
Maybe you’ve been waiting a while in regards to a specific prayer, okay maybe you’ve been waiting…a LONG TIME!
Be of good cheer, because at a Day, in an Hour, at a Place and at a Time, the LORD might just surprise you with a “Melchizedek moment” (Genesis 14:17-20), a picture of Jesus meeting in a particular day, at a specific time for a precise purpose,
Do you ever recall as a child receiving a gift, ‘out of nowhere’ that just totally took you by surprise? You weren’t even expecting this to ever happen, let alone that the prayers would take wings! Sometimes God will do that because of who He is, He is a Good Father, and He loves You.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Trusting God at His Word is something often said and repeated in our household by bride Patty. To know that whatever God has promised you, it will come forth, in due time. Maybe you’re going through major changes in your life and you’ve prayed, sought prayer through others, and you don’t see anything on the horizon..
Perhaps there’s pain, maybe sorrow, WAIT ON THE LORD, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!
Lean on Him and pray His Word ask Him to speak it into your heart, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
How many things in our lives “work together for good”? ALL THINGS. According to what? TO HIS PURPOSE.”
God has planned a course for you that leads to glory, and every step in your journey to glory is purposefully, Divinely Appointed.
He’s at work in what appears to be nothing happening in our prayers!
Remember: “He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” (1Thessalonians 5:24)W