Sometimes, in our head, we know that God is always with us and that he cares.
But other times, when we don’t feel his presence or we don’t see an answer to our prayer, we begin to doubt, don’t we? If you’re human you’ve probably felt a time when God seemed so distant and you’re begging him to come down and fix whatever problem you’re having or you're begging just to feel his comfort. We know he’s able, but when we don’t see anything happen in that moment of time, doubt tends to creep in.
It’s painful when you’ve known the goodness of God but then it seems like he just vanishes or hides his self from us. Even in Psalm 10:1 David says “why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” David felt like God was intentionally dodging out of David’s sight. But it’s like David has that thought and he then fights against it in verses 17 and 18 when he says:
O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
David expressed his feelings to God… of not being able to see him work in his life at that time. But, David manifests faith when he proclaims that our God hears the desires of our heart.
There are many times I’ve prayed and nothing happened… or at least I couldn’t see anything happening. But what we have to remember is that God is infinite and we are not. His ways are not our ways and he exists out of time. We're not always going to understand his ways or his timing.
That’s where our trust and our faith has to come into play. Even when it doesn’t feel like God is intervening for us, we don’t know what is going on in the background, right? We can’t see all things like he does. There’s probably thousands of things he’s protected us from that we have no idea about.
What I want to encourage you to do is to keep asking. There are many bible verses that tell us to ask.. and if it aligns with His will, it will be given to you. That’s a promise. Mark 11:24: "Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, (that means don’t doubt God’s willingness to provide for you) and it will be yours."
Matthew 21:22: "Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith."
John 15:7, if you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Now, don’t mistake the fact that God will probably not give something to you that is not good for you. Because he loves you right? So maybe you’re wondering, how do I know if what I’m asking for is good so that I can have that kind of faith.
Again John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, then ask.
If you are intimate with God and you know his word… you will know what His will is. You will have discernment concerning what is good for you and what is not.
James 4:3 says you ask and do NOT receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
This tells us that if you’re asking in hopes for worldly gain or something like that, He’s not going to just hand over what you’re asking for. That’s why if you’re asking to be rich, we know from God’s word that the love of money is the root of evil. So, God’s not going to freely give you something that could destroy you, right?
So first, ask God to give you wisdom to discern what you should pray for yourself. Ask him to give you insight into His word and His will. That he will certainly give to you. But you have to do your part and be diligent in learning and searching for it.
I want you to hear my personal testimony of a time that God showed up for me in a HUGE way because I kept asking... and kept asking (like being annoying about it).
Go to episode #15 on Bridges2Barbells Radio and hear out my personal story of a prayer answered in a way that I never expected. My hope is that it encourages you and strengthens your faith that God is REALLY listening when you speak!
I'd love to hear if this blog or the episode helped you or strengthened your faith in any way. Please leave a comment or review so I can know that it's reaching the people that need it!
Trust God today, friend! He is always faithful even when it doesn't look like it to us in the moment!
Until next time!