I often think God hasn’t heard me when I’ve prayed. When it seems like I haven’t gotten a response, I feel like God hasn’t listened, or he doesn’t think my prayer is important enough. If God truly heard me, he would do something, or say something to me.
But God hears us every time we pray. When he doesn’t reply immediately, it doesn’t mean he hasn’t listened, or we’ve done something to “distance” ourselves from God. It’s not as if he’s upset with us, and that’s why he’s not responding.
God will respond to our prayers when he thinks it’s right, and will act in our lives at a pace designed with his love for us at heart. As much as we’re concerned for our circumstances, or distraught over the life of another — God is just as concerned, and aware of every detail. He cares more than we ever could, and feels more strongly than we ever could feel.
At all times, God’s reasoning for his actions is based on his immense love for us, and his true love for those around us. Remember, when God doesn’t respond immediately to our prayers, it’s not because we haven’t prayed “properly,” or that we’re separate from God. He hears every word, and will act at the right time. God loves all of us very deeply. Pray to him as much as you can. He always listens.
~ Mona M. Hanna ~
“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NET
And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.—God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.
2 Cor 5:18-21, 1 John 4:8-11
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God.
1 John 4:7 NET
So to the calmly gathered thought
The innermost of life is taught,
The mystery dimly understood,
That love of God is love of good;
That to be saved is only this,—
Salvation from our selfishness.
J. G. Whittler
The Spirit of Love, wherever it is, is its own blessing and happiness, because it is the truth and reality of God in the soul; and therefore is in the same joy of life, and is the same good to itself everywhere and on every occasion. Would you know the blessing of all blessings? It is this God of Love dwelling in your soul, and killing every root of bitterness, which is the pain and torment of every earthly, selfish love. For all wants are satisfied, all disorders of nature are removed, no life is any longer a burden, every day is a day of peace, everything you meet becomes a help to you, because everything you see or do is all done in the sweet, gentle element of Love.
“My expectation is from him.”
It is the believer's privilege to use this language. If he is looking for aught from the world, it is a poor “expectation” indeed. But if he looks to God for the supply of his wants, whether in temporal or spiritual blessings, his “expectation” will not be a vain one. Constantly he may draw from the bank of faith, and get his need supplied out of the riches of God's lovingkindness. This I know, I had rather have God for my banker than all the Rothschilds. My Lord never fails to honour his promises; and when we bring them to his throne, he never sends them back unanswered. Therefore I will wait only at his door, for he ever opens it with the hand of munificent grace. At this hour I will try him anew. But we have “expectations” beyond this life. We shall die soon; and then our “expectation is from him.” Do we not expect that when we lie upon the bed of sickness he will send angels to carry us to his bosom? We believe that when the pulse is faint, and the heart heaves heavily, some angelic messenger shall stand and look with loving eyes upon us, and whisper, “Sister spirit, come away!” As we approach the heavenly gate, we expect to hear the welcome invitation, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” We are expecting harps of gold and crowns of glory; we are hoping soon to be amongst the multitude of shining ones before the throne; we are looking forward and longing for the time when we shall be like our glorious Lord-for “We shall see him as he is.” Then if these be thine “expectations,” O my soul, live for God; live with the desire and resolve to glorify him from whom cometh all thy supplies, and of whose grace in thy election, redemption, and calling, it is that thou hast any “expectation” of coming glory.
~ Charles H. Spurgeon ~
RAISING UP YOUR CHILDREN
I pray that God will give you wisdom to raise your children properly. May you understand the importance of discipline and the necessity of applying it consistently. May you never be a willing party to your children's ruin by withholding discipline. I pray that you will not exasperate your children, but instead build a loving relationship with them. May you spend quality time with them and assure them of your love daily. May your children's lives be blessed as you raise them up according to God's Word.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
Matt 5:16 NET
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time—
Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s wintry main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
They are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
Rather than in silence shrink
From the truth they needs must think;
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.
Help me to know that my shadow cannot fall without me, and that my footprints cannot be found where I have never trodden. I pray that thou wilt make me so familiar with the right path that it may be mine to have the privilege of leading others to the right places.