Forty-one years ago I was a typical teenager having fun with my friends. I didn’t have a steady boyfriend and I didn’t have a car. I did have a job at the local burger joint in the evenings. One of my best friends and I dreamed of boyfriends, wedding dresses and things girls our age usually dreamed about. I had no idea that in less than 30 days I would meet the love of my life. I could not see into the future no matter how much I daydreamed, planned or wished. Even if I prayed (and I may have) I still had no idea what was around the corner.
We spend a lot of time lamenting what’s wrong in our lives. We wish for more, hope for better, and daydream about plans. We get up each day and go through the motions. Although we may even pray, often we just pray and go on, not really knowing if God will answer. Sometimes prayer comes as a release valve, just to make us feel better. Do we really think God hears? Do we really think God cares about us? Is He really involved in our day to day problems, hopes, desires?
I can tell you for my part, there are things I have been praying about for years. I am standing on the Word of God for the answer. But I see no answer. I am the same woman as the teenager girl who could not look into the future to know the answer to my dreams was less than 30 days away. I don’t know when God will answer. It might be today. It might be 30 days. I cannot see the answer in the flesh, but I can see what God tells me, so I wait, patiently sometimes. Other times I am not so patient.
God speaks to my heart: Precious child. I am the God who meets all your needs according to my richest in glory. Everything you personally need is found in Me. But I am more than a God who distantly meets your needs. I am actively involved in your life. Just as you could not see that one answer to your prayers, one gift of your life was less than 30 days away, you cannot see the answers to today’s problems, hopes, dreams and prayers. But you can know that I am going to take care of you. That loved one you are praying for? They’re my loved one too. I love them with an everlasting love. I have a plan for their life and it is good. Trust Me. You can trust Me because you know I’ve been with you. You can trust Me because your hope is in Me. You can trust Me because although you cannot see into the future, I can. I know, I care and I listen. Keep speaking, keep seeking, keep trusting.
That job? That marriage? That cash crunch? That sickness? That need? That fear? Whatever it is you are thinking about, praying about, hoping for. Don’t give up. Keep going to God with all your needs. Don’t worry, fret, or wonder. Pray about everything. Who else in all the universe can come boldly before the throne of Grace and speak to the King of Kings? No escort needed, no bodyguards to pass, no ticket to buy, no ransom to pay. Because we are His, we have instant access. In fact, because of the Holy Spirit, who keeps us sealed for the day of redemption, we have God’s presence with us!
Everything you hope for is found in Him. Every answer to every prayer is held in His hands. Don’t try to peer into the future, but keep talking to God about all of it. Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t get weary, don’t quit.
Oh beloved, nestle into the Father’s Arms this morning. Praise Him for the wonderful gift of His presence. Worship Him for Who He is. Adore Him for who you are In Him. Open up His magnificent book of Truth and take in the wonders of God Himself. Learn about Him. Seek His face. Pray, intercede and keep waiting in His presence. You can thank Him for the answers and thank Him for His perfect will. You can trust Him because He is trustworthy, faithful and True.
God loves you, He hears every prayer you ever speak, He is for you and He’s going to work everything out for His glory and your good. He loves your loved ones too and He’s for them, so keep taking them to the throne of grace. Keep giving Him your needs, your hopes, and your drams. He sees, He knows and He answers. What a Savior! What a King! What an Abba Father!
Psalm 17:6 I am praying to You because I know You will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.
Psalm 33:22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.
Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
Psalm 118:28 You are my God, and I will praise You! You are my God, and I will exalt You!
Colossians 4:2 Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving. (AMP)
Isaiah 65:24 I will answer them before they even call to Me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!