God Always Answers Prayers in 3 Ways
Do you ever feel like God doesn’t answer your prayers? Sometimes you cry out to silence and nobody is there? Even when it feels like God isn’t answering you, He is still there and He still cares. God always answers prayers.
I was on Twitter being a twit, when I came across someone who had posted this tweet:
God always answers our prayers in one of 3 ways:
- Not Yet
- I have something better for you
13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:13
God desires the best for you. He loves you. John 3:16 tells us that He loved the world so much that He sent His only son to die for us. That’s the ultimate sign on love. In the above passage, Jesus comparing God’s love for us to a father’s love for his son. He’s saying that if an earthly father knows how to do good for his son, how much more will God do good for us. All we need to do is ask. If our heavenly father believes that it is the best thing for us, and the best time to receive it, He will not hesitate to grant our request. He loves us.
24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. -Romans 8:24-25
We hate having to wait. We live in a drive-thru generation. We want what we want, and we want it now!! Sometimes it doesn’t work that way with God. Patience is one of the fruits of the spirit. God desires that we become more patience. Unfortunately for us, patience is like a muscle. It has to be put through some tough workouts in order to grow and become stronger. Your patience has to be stretched in order for you to become more patient. Therefore, God won’t always give you what you ask for right away. He will sometimes make you wait in order for you to grow.
I Have Something Better For You
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:8-9
Sometimes, we ask for something we want, and God will answer “no.” You have to do it with your kids. You can’t possibly give them everything they want. Even if you had the resources like our heavenly Father, you should not give your kids everything they want. Some things that we want aren’t good for us. We should remember this when God responds no: He always has something better in mind. He might not want you to have that career, car, house, or person in your life. But that just means He has something better in store for you. We are reminded in Romans 8 that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. His ways might not look like your ways, but they’re always better than your ways. Always.
When was there a time in your life that God responded either Yes, No, or I have something better for you?