In her post, It’s Personal, seasoned blogger, Rebekah Beene, wrote, “The King has heard your petition. You are not whispering ‘hope so’s’ into the atmosphere. You have an audience with the only living God.”
Over and over in the written Word of God, believers are assured that God hears our prayers. Yes, we have probably been reminded that His answer may be yes, no or not yet. Many times in my life, friends have reminded me, ‘delay is not denial’. Difficult as it is, trusting that the answer to our prayer may take many days, weeks, months or even years is not easy. Yet, a certain peace often comforts us as we ‘keep the faith’.
There are even times when, as we wait, our mind changes and we realize the particular prayer request we so fervently repeated, is no longer what we really want. In fact, we may be very glad that prayer was answered a definite “no.” We don’t always know what is right for us so oftentimes we may pray for things that would hinder not help, harm not heal. However there is a promise in scripture that can solve the problem of what is and is not the best for us. Psalm 37:4 says ” Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”. Now that is an entirely different idea than us tossing prayers up and seeing how things turn out.
Notice it does not say ” I will give you the desires of your heart, then you can delight yourself in me” . No it actually means that when we draw close to the Lord, or delight ourselves in Him, He WILL give us the desires of our heart. Why though are we guaranteed the desires of our hearts if we ” delight” or draw close to Him? It is because when we walk closely with Him, the desires of our heart will line up with the desires of His. That is the secret. It is not about heaving endless prayers to see what hits and what does not. It is about staying so close to the Lord that we know what to pray and when we pray our prayers will be answered.
Watchman Nee put it something like this- we walk in close with fellowship with Him, the Spirit Impresses upon us those things we are to pray, or those people we are to pray for, and God answers those prayers. It is a matter of discipline to stay close to the Lord so we can hear His voice through the Spirit. It is a matter of obedience to then pray for those things we know to pray.
Save some time and energy and find out what He is thinking before you pray. You are likely to have more answered prayer, and that’s a promise!