Do you feel as if your prayers don’t make it past the ceiling? Does it seem like someone hit the mute button when it comes to your prayer life? Are you wondering why God isn’t answering your prayers?
Sometimes, in the silence, God is doing His greatest work.
Maybe you are at this point, “I give up! I’ve prayed for years for this prayer to be answered, but nothing… not a peep, not a word, not a sign, not an answer. I don’t think God hears me when I pray!”
When these thoughts seep in, take them captive and place them in the hands of God. We often fasten expectations to our prayers, like how and when we think they need to be answered. When these expectations go unmet, the feelings of disappointment and doubt begin to creep into our minds. Again, with a loud shout I say… take those thoughts captive and place them in the hands of Jesus!
As we pray, God wants us to give Him full access to do His will. For example, in a theater production, do they set up a scene behind the curtain or with the curtain wide open? Usually, the curtain is closed or the lights are off. As the curtain opens, the audience jumps right into the scene. Most of the time, we don’t even notice the backstage efforts of the crew. This is like God in action. He is always working behind the scenes, so when the curtain opens we enjoy the production.
Read this excerpt from my Bible study, Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It, Week 7, Day 2…
In my early adult years, one of my pastors asked me to serve on a committee at church. With excitement and enthusiasm, I said, “Yes.” When I walked into the first meeting, I didn’t know a soul. After about thirty minutes, I realized one person dominated the conversation, and the more she talked, the more frustrated I became. Thoughts ran through my mind such as, There is no way I will serve on a team with this person!
A few days later, without praying, I should add, I decided to withdraw my name from the committee. A sweet Christian friend quietly challenged me to ask the Lord to help me see that person through His eyes. I resolved to pray, but with little expectation of changing my mind.
After a few more meetings, I realized my previous annoyances subsided. Amazingly, God started changing my heart, and I could then view my differences with her as a blessing. I grew to love her because of God’s gift of love! You see, the more I tried to control the situation, the more annoyed I became with the committee, and the more frustrated I became with our purpose for serving the Lord. I wanted things to change immediately, but God needed to teach me about waiting on Him. Once I relinquished control over the situation and started praying, God changed me!4
Looking at today’s photograph, what comes to your mind? Now, read Psalm 40:1 with all of Psalm 5. What do you learn from these verses? Ask God to help you leave your requests in His hands. Trust that He hears your prayers. Believe that He is at work accomplishing His will. If Jesus can leave His circumstances in HIs hands, so can we!
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. —Psalm 40:1
From My Heart to Yours,