Have you ever set up a lunch date with a friend only to have them not show up? Or maybe you have not showed up when someone was expecting you to be somewhere at a certain time. When you need an answer to a question, or need something fixed, do you have that one “go to” person that you can always rely on? Or maybe you are that “go to” person that people come to. Have you ever talked to someone only to feel like they were not really listening? Would people call you a good listener?
Do you pray believing that God has the power to answer your prayers? Do you believe that He will answer them? Or do you pray just hoping that God hears you? Many times we pray the same way in which we asked our parents for something we knew they would say “no” to, but we asked anyway, just in case.
The Bible tells us that God is big enough to quiet the storms and calm the seas. Psalm 107:29 says this – “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” We also read this in Mark 4:39 – “He (Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”
The Bible also tells us that our great big God, the God big enough to control the wind and the seas, also knows you by name – “The gatekeeper opens the gate for his sheep, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out (Jn 10:3).” And even when you feel small and insignificant, God sees you. Hagar, an unmarried pregnant maidservant, scared and alone sitting by a spring in the desert, said this – “You are the God who sees me (Gen 16:13).”
God is faithful, reliable and trustworthy, so when you pray, pray like you mean it. Pray with an expectancy that God will hear you and respond. Will He always respond in the way you expect? Will His answer always be loud and clear? The answer to both of those questions is no. Sometimes we tell God how we want Him to answer and when he answers in a completely different way, we totally miss it. Sometimes God comes in unexpected ways and we miss him because we are looking for something different. Sometimes we expect God to come loudly but He comes as a gentle whisper. (Read 1 Kings 19:1-13.) Sometimes God says to us “yes,” sometimes “no,” other times, “not yet,” and even this, “I have something better in mind.”
Be confident that God does always answer your prayer in some fashion or another, so when you pray, do so with boldness and in expectancy – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:5-8, NLT).”
When you go to God, He always shows up, He always listens, and He always answers!
New Bern, NC