Ever wonder why God doesn’t answer your prayers? When we pray many times we do all the talking. No wonder God doesn’t answer us. We never give Him a chance. I sometimes feel like He’s just waiting for me so He can get a word in edgewise. He’s waiting for me to stop talking and start listening.
When He says to “pray without ceasing,”1 He doesn’t mean to keep going over and over my list of wants. He says to ask for what I need to accomplish Kingdom work, not what I want on my Christmas list.
“You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it!”2
Asking in His name is not a magic potion to get a new car unless that vehicle is really needed to accomplish the mission God has given me to do. It’s all about what brings the Father glory. That’s the litmus test.
God will take care of my real needs, which in His book means what is necessary to bring others to a total understanding of who He is. But when I ask in faith, I need to leave those needs with Him and continue to do the work He has called me to do.
Calling Out Potential
He loves to tell me what He thinks of me and believe it or not, He always has the best, most awesome, motivating things to say because He sees me as I will be, not as I am. He gives me glimpses of my future if I will continue to walk hand-in-hand with Him.
It all happens in concentrated, focused time with Him. But it can also happen anywhere, driving along the highway, during my water jogging time or sitting at the computer.
Scripture says, “Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.”3 It also says, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”4
I pray constantly, but there is something about praying on my knees or facedown in His presence that lets me know I am in a posture to listen. Because, folks, prayer is more about listening than talking.
The Right Questions
When I do come up for air and stop yammering, I’ve found He really loves to answer my questions about Himself, like things I don’t understand about His nature. There are plenty of those.
He’s constantly communicating with me. It’s my job is to ask the right questions and listen.
Many times I am asking the wrong questions. They really aren’t questions, but more like orders. Why won’t You give me money to pay that bill, God? Why don’t You give me a job? Why won’t You fix my husband and make him do what I want? Why won’t You help me lose weight? All of these are usually more like indictments against God rather than prayers. Remember, I’ve already asked and left my needs with Him. He’s working on the answer. I need to trust Him.
He wants to know that we are on His wavelength, joining in His efforts to bring all people to a saving knowledge of Him. He wants us to love and understand that He is love. He wants us be His hands and feed on this earth.
When we do that, He promises to give us what we need to make sure those things happen. It’s far and beyond the every day needs we have. He’s already promised to provide those. It’s a done deal.
Now, how about taking a shot at saving the world, starting with that one person you know who needs Him the most.
Your prayer might go like this, “Lord show me what I can do to share with my friend. Set up the time and place and I will be Your mouthpiece if You give me the words.”
God Will Take Care Of Me and You
God will take care of the mundane things like bills, a job and relationships that are or aren’t the best for us when we begin taking care of the things He put us here on earth to do.
Prayer should never be a last resort. It should definitely be the first place we go to find answers, comfort, protection, provision, teaching, communication and companionship.
It is not the place to find a genie in a bottle. It is the place to learn at the feet of Jesus.
Oh and about your weight, I bet He’s already shown you some things you can do there. One of those may be getting some help from a mentor and coach who’s been there. I would be honored to help you in that arena.
I’ve learned God doesn’t make the pounds magically disappear, but He will lead us if we are willing.