Does God really answer prayers?
Ever prayed for something and waited for an answer? ...waited for what felt like FOREVER.
Like you realllyyyy wanted this thing to happen- you prayed for the healing of that family member, for Him to give you the green light to move to that new city, the business, the man..whatever IT is, you've been praying and patiently waiting on God to answer.
In your mind you may be thinking, "OK Jesus, I love you but come onnnn. I need an answer.. TODAY! This would make me so happy. Please come through!"
I get it. Trust me, I've been there. Heck, since I'm keeping it real with ya'll on this blog- I'm STILL there sometimes, as each day brings new adventures. (Hey, this is a no judgement zone. Lol)
It's hard to totally surrender certain desires in hopes of a "maybe."- Maybe it'll happen. Maybe God will come through. Maybe the door will open.
It takes faith to keep praying on a "maybe."
During that waiting, did you ever question if God even heard you or if He's going to give you an answer?
I'm reminded of Mark 5, beginning at verse 24- ***Read the full story to get full understanding***
"Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe.
For she thought to herself, If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed. Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him so he turned around and asked, Who touched my robe? His disciples said to him, Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, 'Who touched me?'
But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.
Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over."
This woman's faith convinced her that just TOUCHING Jesus' clothing would heal her..& immediately, she was healed!
Let your faith do the convincing.
Not the world and not even your family and friends...but your faith. What did God say, sis? Where is your fight? How big is your faith?
In Luke 17, the apostles said to the Lord, "Show us how to increase our faith. The Lord answered, If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you!"
DO YOU KNOW HOW SMALL A MUSTARD SEED IS !?!
This verse brings me so much hope because even on my low days when my faith tank may be a little low, I know that God can still work with the little I have. Hallelujah!
Let's go back to Mark chapter 5 and read a little further, starting at verse 35- "While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, Your daughter is dead. There's no use in troubling the Teacher (Jesus) now.
But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, Don't be afraid. Just have faith.
Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn't let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn't dead; she's only asleep.
The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl's father and mother and three disciples into the room where the girl was lying."
Are you allowing the praying and waiting phase to increase your faith or are you complaining your way through, trying to manipulate God into bringing it faster? (By the way, we can't trick God into anything. He's too wise.)
If you find yourself doing the latter, don't beat yourself up. We ALL fall short some days.
Repent and come to God with an honest heart telling Him your desires and asking for help you with your faith and belief in Him.
In my own life, I've seen God come through time and time again. Over and over! Even when I thought it was "too late." Similar to Jairus believing God to heal his daughter but the messengers saying, "She's dead." Basically saying, the situation is dead, you can stop believing and praying about it now.
But when Jesus went to the home of the girl, He saw her and said, "She isn't dead, she's only asleep."
Situations may look dead to us but to God it may just be in a phase of sleep.
That failed business looks dead to you, but what if God is using that to help mold and mature you for the next one?
That marriage may look dead to your human eyes, but God can restore and give anything new life.
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Verse 41- Holding her hand, he said to her, Talitha koum, which means, Little girl, get up! And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat."
Sister, keep praying. Keep believing. The woman that was healed by just touching his hem suffered for twelve, what I imagine to be, agonizing years. Jairus's heart probably shattered into a million pieces when the messengers told him his daughter had died. BUT FAITH! Faith healed and restored them.
I believe that healing power still works today. If it worked for them, it can work for you.
I've gotten to a point in my own life where I KNOW without a shadow of doubt that God can and will do anything, as He sees fit. Under every circumstance, I've learned that I have to trust Him and I must keep praying. Not just for answers but because that is our opportunity to commune and learn more about His nature.
God is always speaking. We have to get in His presence through prayer and worship to hear Him clearly.
I know it's hard. I know you feel like, "But Megan, I've prayed, fasted, built a plan, saved the money, went to counseling, etc. Does He hear me?"
The answer is: YES! He most definitely does. Your prayers are not falling upon deaf ears. God hears and sees everything.
Whatever you're praying for, understand that no matter the outcome, He loves you. His plan is perfect and divine. He doesn't make mistakes.
If the door opens and that situation lives, He's good.
If the door closes and that situation dies, He's still good.
He's a protector, provider, hope-giver and faith-restorer.
Repent, give thanks, forgive others, grace yourself, remain joyful and KEEP YOUR FAITH.
In due season, you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.
"Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we cannot see." -Hebrews 11:1
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4: 6