Will We Let God Answer Our Prayer?

20 Jun

Sometimes we can do really stupid things. Like not allow God to answer our prayers. How? We pray for something and then when He gives us an answer, we refuse to see it, or allow the answer to bear fruit. This is especially true if the prayer and answer involves praying for people. Say you pray for someones spouse to get saved and then when they communicate there has been a response to the Lord, we get real skeptical about the validity of there conversion.

For example, my wife and I have a close friend that is a relatively new Christian.  He had a relationship for several years with a person before he met the Lord . He has not had a relationship with this person for a long time recently accepted Jesus.  Since getting saved he has had several relationships looking for a mate. After several unsuccessful dating relationships, he began limited contact with the old friend. After a very short period, to everyone’s surprise this old flame “accepted Jesus.” Now I know that people had been praying for this person, my wife and I included. But when we heard the news that she had accepted the Lord, we began to voice things like, ” I sure hope it’s genuine,” Let’s pray it isn’t just so they can ‘get together,'” Doesn’t it seem rather convenient to ‘accept Jesus’ so they can date in good conscience.” Then I really felt God saying, “Ummm… excuse Me. I thought you had been praying for this to happen. Did you not think I would answer your prayer and work on this person?” It just hit me… will I let God answer, or will I not hear when He does because my flesh gets hung up with doubt. Now to be honest, it may be true that this person is putting on an act. They may not have made a genuine decision to follow Christ.  But is it up to me to validate their decision? Or rather is it up to me to “Believe the best and hope the best.” To love that person and let their actions and life speak for itself. If I want to guarantee that their decision is going to be short lived, then just continue to voice the doubts and question them. I quote from Ronald Reagan, “Trust, but verify!” But more importantly, I quote 1 Corinthians 13 “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…”

Maybe it’s the prayer that your spouse will change some habit that is a problem. Maybe it’s the prayer that your child will stop doing drugs. Maybe it’s the prayer that your husband will start treating you better. Maybe its the prayer that God will bless your family. Maybe its the prayer that God will set you free from whatever is destroying you. It could be any of thousands of things. But we must believe that God is who He says He is. That His word to us is true. Whatever it is, lets don’t be like the religious people of 2000 years ago and not see God’s answer to our prayer just because we don’t see it answered in the way we thought it should be.


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