Monday, February 21, 2011

God Answers Prayer

God answers prayer. Just not always in ways we expect.

When I shared my worries with God He did not take my worries away. Instead He led me to the text in Isaiah; "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee." (Is 26:3)

When I prayed and asked God to help me deal with someone who frustrated and annoyed me God did not change that person. Instead he reminded me softly that; "The fruit of the Spirit is.... gentleness.." (Gal 5:22)

When I struggled with life here on earth God said; "Set you affections (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth." (Col 3:2)

When I was afraid, God said; "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Tim 1:7) He also said; "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear." (1 John 4:18) I memorized these verses and when I began to feel afraid again I repeated them and the fear went away.

When I prayed and asked God to help me be a better wife and mother God did not point out my faults but simply said; "Love suffers long and is kind." (1 Cor 13) I tried it and soon realized that my biggest problems were selfishness and impatience. When you are long suffering and kind there is no room for either.

When I struggled with an issue regarding the future God said; "Blessed are the meek." (Matt 5:5) I wasn't sure exactly what it meant to be meek so I looked it up. To be meek means accepting God's dealing with us as good, without resistance. In order to be meek I had to put our future back where it belonged, in God's hands.

Looking back I realized that God answered all my prayers, just not in ways I had expected. In none of these instances did God change my circumstances, instead He did something much greater - He changed my heart.


  1. Love ya! Thanks for sharing these wonderful truths!

    Henry and Jenny

  2. What a blessing your post was to me today--often I get ahead of what God has planned for my life. Thank you and God bless.

  3. You felt compelled to write this post on your blog, and God compelled me to read it today, and touched me with them.
    God bless you in your work and calling.

  4. Thank you for sharing those words Will! I needed that. God bless! Do you know I so look forwad to reading your blog each week, and you and your faith are an inspiration to me? and you don't even really know who I am!