Friday, May 9, 2014
We have all been told in various ways by various people, God doesn’t always answer prayers immediately. And this is mostly true. For example, when we were praying for JW to get a transfer to Kansas City so we could be closer to family, Justin and I prayed every night for almost a year before there was even a possibility. Then we had to pray another six months for it to come to fruition.
Yes, there are the occasions when we are praying for a person or situation, and it is answered immediately. But it is rare that happens. Waiting on God builds our faith. And He wants us to build our faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
However, in my experience I have found there is one prayer God always answers immediately. I pray it has been your experience, also. When I am in a stressful situation, or a place of uncertainty and worry, and I ask God for His peace that surpasses all human understanding (Philippians 4:7), He has ALWAYS given it to me.
Anytime I have entered into His presence, seeking His counsel, His peace and help, He has always generously given me peace. My situation is uncertain and stressful when I go to Him in prayer, and the situation is the same immediately after I pray. BUT I AM DIFFERENT. It really is a peace that the human mind cannot comprehend or explain. And that is okay. I don’t need to be able to understand it. I just need to rest in it.
This morning as I was reading the Bible and praying over a situation involving another person that we are dealing with right now, I came across these words in Psalm 56.
If you find yourself in a situation where a person is trying to bring strife or pain to you, be encouraged. Don’t be afraid of another person’s slander or ugly words. They cannot harm you because God fights your battles. Do not be afraid of a negative impact caused by a hateful or prideful person’s actions, God is bigger than any situation. When God opens a door for you, no man can close it. When God has a plan for you, it will NOT be stopped by someone else’s bitter behavior.
Recite Romans 8:28 to yourself as often as you need to. Especially when things look bleak. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God will answer your prayers in His timing. But know until He changes the situation, He WILL give you PEACE. His grace and His peace are more than sufficient.
Be encouraged, friend.