Consider the Word…
We live in a society in which information, data and technology are at our fingertips. As a result, we think that God’s timing should adjust to the fast pace world that we live in.
Often, we think that God is not listening to our prayers because He does not answer when we want Him to or because He doesn’t answer us how we think He should answer us.
I John 5:14-15 says that we can be assured that He hears our prayers, answers our prayers and honors our requests when we “ask anything according to His will.” Which means, we don’t ask God for what we want, but instead, we must ask God what He wants for us. It requires us to submit to his authority and direction and be willing to sacrifice if need be. So if you think God is not answering your prayers, perhaps you should check your motive first. Are you seeking His will or your own will?
Scripture: Daniel 9:23 (English Standard Version)
At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.
In the passage above in Daniel, Daniel had just finished praying and immediately, the angel Gabriel shows up. Gabriel then told Daniel “a word went out” and Daniel should “consider the word and understand the vision.” Which means, God heard Daniel’s prayer and was providing Daniel with an answer. Daniel’s charge then was to receive the answer in his spirit, regardless of what that answer was.
God may not send Gabriel to answer our prayers. But He may send a co-worker, your Pastor, your best friend, your aunt or the man at the supermarket to give you Godly counsel. He may even *gasp* reveal the answer to you in His word during your personal Bible Study time. Regardless of how God sends us the answer to our prayers, we must understand the vision and receive it. God’s Will is far superior to our own and therefore, we are much better off when we submit to Him, than when we try to figure it out on our own.