Hello Loves! Thanks for dropping by. Have you ever thought about how God might answer your prayers? Will the answer He gives be the one you want? Are you willing to accept His answer? How will His answer to your prayer directly affect you? Well, friends, these are somethings I’ve personally had to come to terms with. My hopes are that by sharing what I learned about praying and God’s answers might help someone else.
Let’s talk about Praying a little first.
I have always slacked when it came to praying. Mostly because I was afraid, afraid I wasn’t’ doing it right and that I wasn’t praying for the right things. But this year’s goal was to pray more, not only more but daily. It wasn’t easy because the fear always hung around.
But then I prayed. . . Go figure that the very thing I struggled with, I was moved to do. Anyways, I prayed for peace with my fear, for understanding praying, and for God to be patient with me as I learned.
At first, that fear hung around and I wondered if I’d ever get it right. Then one day something happened and it finally came to me. My prayers didn’t have to be pretty, proper, or have huge words. But the most important part was I realized that my prayers were just little talks with my Loving Father. It’s written in God’s truth, “And I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:18
How could I have ever thought my prayers weren’t good enough? When I finally came to terms with that my prayer life bloomed. Now I find myself talking to God in the middle of a drive, making coffee, cleaning, He’s heard it all. If you struggle with praying remember all this.
Praying and God’s Answers
It’s clear in what I said above that God answered my prayer. He did it in a way I understood, but it took me a while to realize He had. Don’t think for one second I came to the conclusion that my prayers were just talks with my Loving Father on my own. Nope, that’s all Him! He also gave me the wisdom to know that I didn’t have to use big words either.
You see I prayed, and God answered. It wasn’t immediate but I believe He was giving me the chance to realize that He loved me no matter how I prayed. This is one way that God has answered my prayers. It’s obvious that it was an answer that I welcomed. But what happens when you pray and the answer isn’t what you expected?
Praying and God’s Answers in a way I didn’t expect.
I never gave much thought to the fact that I may not always like the outcome of how God answers my prayers. As a mom and grandma, I pray for my children and grandchildren daily.
Recently I prayed that my children would make better choices for their lives, and for God to lead them in the right direction. Without getting into the personal aspects of the situation, I know He answered. How do I know? Because a path was changed, and I saw some good come into play. But never did I believe the answer to a prayer for someone else would have such a profound effect on me.
The path that He had directed my child on started to affect me personally. Things that I had grown accustomed too changed. My days, weekends and so much more were suddenly different. I felt sad, empty, lost, depressed, and alone.
Then I found myself being bitter and filled with resentment. When I got to the point where it hurt to breathe and I had no more tears I prayed. This time a prayer for me. My prayer was for an understanding of the situation, for peace with my sadness, and deliverance from the depression.
Praying and God’s Answers in a way I didn’t expect cont.
He is truly faithful and loving because He answered my prayer yet again. Another truth that is written in His word. “Ask, and it will be given to you.” Matthew 7:7 (CSB).
When He answered my prayer all the sadness, resentment, depression melted away. Only then was I able to see the good in the whole situation for the one I prayed for. Here’s another truth from His Word, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8: 28 (CSB)
I also learned that when we pray for direction for our loved ones it may lead then on a path that is a bit further from us. Eventually, I was able to see the good of the situation for myself.
Praying and God’s Answers – Final thoughts
My prayers aren’t always pretty, they don’t always have a lot of big words. Regardless I know He hears them, and He’ll answer them when He feels that I can handle the answer. The verses I’ve included in this testimony are His promises to us.
I prayed for the good of someone else, but never expected their good to not closely include me. Seeing the good of the situation took me two months. It’s not always easy for me, and I shout out to God asking why often. But He always shows me another little good thing that is a result of the path He put my child on.
Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that He works things out for our good. I just keep praying for more understanding, more wisdom and knowledge, and for Him to never let me grow away from Him. He truly is my Savior and I’d be lost without Him.
Seek God, talk to Him, and let Him lead you on the path He planned for you to walk down. How has your praying and God’s answers affected you? Did He answer your prayer in a way that you thought He would?
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