And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For the past 5 months i have been searching for someone to fix my broken refrigerator. No matter how hard i try, it seems i could never find anyone to do it. Returning home one day from a a visit i felt would solve the problem, i decided to tell God about the bad refrigerator in prays. The next morning after the prayer, i woke up to another problem, our water pump had stopped working. We had not been able to find someone to fix a refrigerator how much more a water pump. Thoughts of this began to trouble me as i sluggishly rose from the bed. Thinking of what to do next, the door opened, a neighbor walked in with his tools as he has been called by another neighbor to come fix the water pump.
After he had fixed the pump and all working fine, i had a feeling to ask him if he knew anyone who could fix the fridge. I was amazed as he replied, “My friend can do that, i will tell him to come fix it and i will also inform him you are my neighbor so we would not charge so much”. I thanked him. As he walked out the door, i then remembered i spoke to God about finding someone to fix the fridge.
The broken water pump which appeared as another challenge was a path leading to the answer to my prayer.
Many times we pray and don’t see any sign near the answers to our prayers. The delay you are facing, or that “new challenge” might be a path leading to the results you sought in prayers.
The bible encourages us in Mark 11:24 that we should believe we have received when we pray. The way God chooses to answer your prayer must not go according to your plan. Therefore, when we pray, we should rest. Rest in his promises assuring us that when we ask, he answers and his plans for us are of good.
Another thing to note relating to prayers is, God’s love for us is so great that he will never let anything bad come our way. He tries as much as possible to keep us away from things that can expose us to harm (physical harm or harm in terms of pulling us away from him). Exodus 13:17 tells us how God led the children of Israel through tough roads instead of smooth roads so they would not change their minds. That thing you are praying for might be right, but is it the right time? will it take you away from God? is their something you need to learn before you can receive it?
Our position as sons and daughters of God deprive us of so many material pleasures. This is because, God searches the deepest part of a mans heart, he knows what you can do if that job is given to you, he knows how that little addition to your salary can change your attitude… As a shepherd, he keeps us away from those things that can make us fall (after all we pray “lead us not into temptations”).
It is God’s will however, to give us as much riches as possible, even the riches of the unbelievers (Isaiah 61:6). In as much as he is willing to bless us abundantly and to speedily answer all our prayers, he is more concerned about the growth of our spirit (for it is the only thing valuable unto eternity). For this reason he says in Matthew 6:33 “seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things will be given to you.”
when you seek first God’s kingdom and its righteousness, your will is transformed to his will, once your will is transformed to his will, you can faithfully represent Christ in any level you attain in life!
Lord thank you for hearing every word i say in prayer, implant in me a burning desire to always seek first your kingdom. Amen