By Compass Christian Church
Have you ever prayed a prayer that went unanswered, or took a lot longer to get answered than you would have liked? The truth is, God always answers prayer… it just might not be in the way we expected. In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Brian taught about four possible answers when we pray: Yes, No, Wait, or Grow.
Surprisingly, this is the easiest category to tackle. God is a good and gracious Father. We have all prayed prayers for a sickness to be healed, a financial need to be met, or a problem to be solved. At sometime, probably many, many, times, God has answered those prayers with a Yes!
This answer is the hardest one to receive. We usually believe that our prayer requests are worthy causes and prayed with good motives. But the old adage “Father knows best” is appropriate here. God’s will is always the best possible outcome in any situation.
Pastor Brian shared about Tom Wilson and his wife who prayed for 12 years to have a child. Rather than answering that prayer right away, God later blessed them with not one, but two adopted children. Waiting is never easy, but God’s timing is always perfect.
God’s desire for us is that we would be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). Whether God’s answers are Yes, No, or Wait, He always wants us to Grow! This should excite us, and we should be watching and waiting to see how God will grow us through our circumstances. As Pastor Brian said, “When you pray, pay attention to what happens next!”
Remember, God always answers our prayers. We should keep on praying, even when it seems like He is silent. He is always working for our good, to grow us and bring us into alignment with His pleasing and perfect will. This takes patience and surrender, but the payoff is priceless.