PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED IN GOD’S TIME
Php 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
This past year a very dear brother and friend donated a truck to our congregation. One Saturday morning back in the Spring J.J. and I used the truck to pick up some clothes that someone wanted to donate to the poor. Later, in the week I realized that I had lost the keys to the truck. I back tracked everywhere that we went. I looked in my personal truck real good to see if they had fallen out of my pocket and between the seats and I could not find them anywhere. Thankfully there was one more set, but this was the main set and it had a key on it that was somehow connected to putting it in four-wheel drive, or something like that.
J.J. preaches, teaches, lectures and makes sure that when I misplace something rather than panicking and getting anxious to ask the Holy Spirit to show me. Well I prayed about the keys. I asked the Father to send the angels to bring them to me and I did not get anxious about it. As I said earlier this happened sometime last Spring. Yesterday morning as I was getting ready for church I just so happened to glance under the foot of the bed in the guest room where I keep my clothes. There is a stand there where we keep blankets. Well the blankets have been removed and put on our beds. So, guess what I just happened to see? Yes, the Holy Spirit led me to where those keys were. God is so faithful. He works when we are not working. 1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”(NKJV)
He answered the prayer about the keys in His time. He could have shown me the first day that I asked Him. Perhaps yesterday I really needed to know that He had not forgotten me. Perhaps it was a reminder that we are not to give up, or lose hope about people, situations, and circumstances that we are praying about.
In the Bible there are many ways to pray. Some people have written books that have helped me in my prayer life. Some people have written books and they may lean on one method in praying. This morning as I was listening to the Lord I heard the Holy Spirit say pray out of your relationship with God. As a child of God, we have access to His throne at any time about anything.
Sometimes the prayers get answered quick. Sometimes like the one that I have just shared with you it may take some time. Non-the less don’t quit praying and don’t quit believing. You may have a child that is as lost as those keys were. How much more does your Heavenly Father love you and that child than He does that set of keys He brought back to me.
You may have been praying about some other situation and circumstance. The eyes that were on those keys are on you and that situation. Ps 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.” Keep believing, trust God and pray the way that the Holy Spirit is directing you. He may tell you to pray as I did that day and to let it go and not pray about it every day. Or He may prompt you like the neighbor who went next door when he was needing bread for some unexpected company and answer your prayer very quick Lu 11:8 “I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. Just be assured of this child of God. He will answer it in His time. Remember these words of our Lord Jesus Lu 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. If it is something that you have been praying about for a while I believe that one day you will just glance somewhere and the Holy Spirit will have a special surprise for you.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that we have access to the throne room at anytime and in anyplace. We thank You Lord for those prayers that You have answered quickly. We thank You for the ones that took some time. Lord we thank You that You are at work on some right now and that one day we will get a good Holy Spirit surprise when you just do it! We love You Jesus!
In Jesus Name
Remember the reason for this season! The celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!