And it shall be that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
Have you ever found yourself questioning why does God take so long to answer your prayers or if He even answers at all? Has frustration caused your prayer life to dry up or maybe cease entirely as you have grown discouraged by your apparent disconnection with God? Or maybe you have come to believe that receiving from God is a mystery of some sort that He reveals to some and not to others.
This morning I want to free you from whatever misbelief you may have about prayer. I had heard it said that sometimes God does not answer our prayers thereby indicating that we need to wait before receiving what we asked for or even that He’s saying no to our request. It’s often said that God may not come when you want Him to, but he is always on time. This statement is partially correct because God is always on time.
The truth is when you pray in line with the promises of God; His answer is always yes and amen.” For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen” 2 Corinthians 1:20 David said that God was a present help in trouble “Psalms 46:1” indicating that when I need Him He arises and tend to my need then. He does not have to think if He’s going to answer me.
All throughout Scripture you will find God saying that He answers us when we pray. He went farther and said that before we call He would answer. Nowhere in scripture does it say that God purposely lets us wait and wonder if He hears and answers our prayers. No! When we call, He answers.” He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him” Psalm 91:15
So why does it appears many times that God does not care enough about us to answer our prayers or that He just takes His sweet time to answer and watches as our faith in Him decreases? What kind of father would that be? That’s not who Jehovah is at all. He is a good father that has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Psalm 35:27
The delayed timing or what seems as if God did not answer at all is a misconception on our part. Because you were burden down with worry and fear, you did not recognize when God answered your prayer. God will reveal the answer but because it comes so suddenly, you miss it. Often the answer will flash before you, not coming the way you thought it would or should and you discredit the response as being from God.
Sometimes when you are freer or your mind is at peace especially during the midnight hours, you will discover the answer that had already been given. Other times if you remain tense about the situation you will miss the answer completely and live with the impression that God did not and does not answer prayer. My friend, rejoice, knowing God always answers your prayers.