There are many unexpected instances in our lives which make us question if God answers prayers.
We pray, we read the bible, we talk to God – yet there seems to be no answer to our prayers.
So why is this happening? Why doesn’t God answer our prayers when we desperately need Him?
There are a number of reasons for this and one of them is to wait on Gods timing.
We need to wait patiently for God’s plan to be manifested in our lives according to His timing.
God’s Timing is everything. He has the blueprint for our lives. Its not about when we want our prayer answered, but it’s about when He has it planned for us, and how He will make things shape up for us.
We most often don’t see results straightaway because God takes us through a journey before we see the answers to our prayers.
This journey is important, because it often shows us something we cannot normally see, and draws us closer to God.
Answer to Prayers
Prayer and bible study.
These are two vital ingredients for our walk with God.
Prayer and bible study has personally helped me not only build a stronger relationship with God, but it was also a way for God to reveal things to me.
When I read a bible verse and meditate on it, most of the time God shows me how that verse is applicable in real life.
It shows me:
- How to come out of the problem I am in
- Teaches me what is considered right and wrong with God
- The fruits of the Spirit
- How we are to treat each other
- How to stay calm and encouraged in Gods living word
These are just a few things the bible helps with. But if we are truly looking for God to answer our prayers, I believe we will find our answer in the bible.
It may not be a straightforward answer, but it allows us to stay encouraged in the Lord – that all is well.
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
I’d like to share my story of how God worked in me for the good. Although at first it didnt see it, but God turned my life around and now I am in a happy place.
I earn online as a blogger writing about lifestyle and career guidance. But every time God spoke to me about starting a faith blog I hesitated.
Mostly because I felt I wasn’t qualified enough to talk about Gods word to others. I didn’t know how to start or what to write about.
For almost three years He encouraged me to start a Christian blog, but every time I started one I would quit almost immediately, because I felt lost in a way of not knowing what to write.
While everything went well for the first three years of my business, we were faced with a health issue in our family.
This was a big turning point in my life.
I couldn’t concentrate on my blogs and all I did was pray all day.
This was a big turning point in my life and God taught me a valuable lesson. Up until then, it felt like I had control over everything – my family, my finances and my life. It was then that I realised WE NEED GOD.
I got closer to God than ever before and this time I was fuelled to start the Christian blog.
No hesitation. No second thoughts. I just did and it felt so good.
This time I had a reason to focus. I was hurt and this pain got me closer to God.
I finally got the courage to start this site, Lift Your Name, in honour of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And I have never felt so blessed!
It was by reading the Bible I understood God more and have been ready to share the Gospel to others like me who are going through a difficult time.
If there is a call in your life from God, don’t neglect it. What He asks might seem impossible for us, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
God often shows us what to do, but unfortunately for me I kept avoiding it for a long time.
Psalm 4:3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.
Psalm 118:21 – I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
When I look back, it’s like the past three years God took me through a learning process.
Not how to just build any online business, but to create one that glorifies God, to help spread His word.
I now feel blessed and at peace doing the two things I love – writing and talking about God’s word.
Sometimes good things happen to us in a way we don’t often like. Looking back I don’t think I would have had the need to start a Christian blog if sickness didn’t come into our home.
I still look at healing scriptures for comfort and strength, but now I understand that the reason we faced the health scare was to bring me closer to God and do what He wanted me to do all along.
While things are looking better now for us as a family, I feel blessed that something good came out of the storm we’ve been through.
These days when I write about God, or about bible verses on this site it brings me peace. And I pray that even if one person feels blessed reading this, I am happy God used me to give them courage to face what they are going through right now.
And if you feel like you have a calling in your life and believe in your heart that it is from God. Follow His will and He will guide you through.
Often times we forget how powerful God is.
So if you are praying for an answer from God, I hope that you get your prayers answered. But remember if it is taking longer than you expect, its just because it is not your time yet.
Entrust your problems through him in prayer, as I fully believe that praying to God will get your prayers answered.
Until then know that God is by your side. Psalm 91:1-9 says,
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
Pray and trust that God answers prayers.
Psalm 20:1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
God Answers Prayers Quotes
Here are some bible verses that talk about God answering prayers for encouragement.
God Answering Prayers
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
How to Pray
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
God Answers Prayers Quotes for Encouragement
“God answers Prayers”.
“Today is your day for a blessing and an answer to your prayer”.
“No matter what, God is with me”.
“Jesus answers prayers, and I believe in Him with all my heart”.
“Does God answer prayers? Yes He does, and He times it perfectly”.
“The Lord God never fails and nothing is too big for Him to handle”.
“Don’t stop believing in God. Your answer is on the way”.
“Our always faithful Father answers everyone’s prayers”.
“God is waiting to answer your prayer. In the meantime enjoy His Holy presence in your life”.
“Continue to pray and believe God for His healing touch and mercy”.
“God is the never failing master who answers prayers”.
“No matter how big the burden, there is nothing impossible with God”.
“The God that delivered man from sin and sickness in the Bible, is the same God that is here for us today”.
“We are nearing the finish line and the answer to our prayer is closer than we think”.
“Even though it feels like God is silent, He is working on our case”.
“Lord I thank you for the answer to me prayer”.
“I am so thrilled that God answered my prayer, better than I had planned”.
“I believe that God is ready to answer my prayer”.
“The journey to my answered prayer has thought me a lot of good lessons”.
“God answers all our prayers in His own ways”.
“Praying to God has changed me as a person and brought me closer to God”.
“The good God is planning the best outcome for our prayers”.
“God’s plan is better than my plan”.
“God doesn’t answer my prayers (yet) because He has bigger plans for me”.