Any of you with children who also have cell phones on your plan, can relate when I say how much it irritates me when my son takes a long time replying to my text messages. After sending him a text, I love seeing the little symbol appear indicating that he is typing back a quick reply. (For those of you who do not text, it is the symbol in my image above with the three little dots). A prompt reply rarely happens from my child; I have just had to accept that he stays busy, and replies when he gets a chance.
It is easy to assume that God does not hear us when we pray, or that He takes a very long in reply. Yet, the very moment that we call to Him, He answers.
God’s answers are not always what we want, though. He may say yes, or perhaps even no; many times He simply says wait. However, when we call to Him, He instantly replies.
Since He loves us and knows what is best, we can trust that His answers are always for our good.
The important thing to remember is that although we may not think God has heard our cries for help, He has, and the answer has already been set in motion. Our job is to listen, and watch for the revealing of His answers, and to trust that He has indeed replied.
Since God answers our prayers, should we keep on asking? Absolutely! By continuing in prayer over a matter, we gain greater insight into the answer, either of clarification, direction or comfort when we must wait. It is also during those times of continuance in seeking God that He can help us in our wavering unbelief. The more we stay in touch with Him, the clearer His answers and the greater our assurance that God has indeed heard our prayers.
Are you in need of help? Call to out to Jesus. He knows how to help and will always promptly reply.