There was a time in my life I felt God was silent. I would pray and pray but would not hear anything. I thought I had made God angry. Now I understand that when God is silent, He is actually answering.
I have heard many pastors preach about prayers, about how God answers all prayers, but have you ever gotten to a position in life when you
feel like your prayers are not being answered?
Do you remember the story of the widow of Zarephath? The widow had been praying for God to meet her needs. She was starving but then her prayers seemed to go unanswered.
When God sent Elijah to the widow, she must have been so excited that her answers came in the form of a prophet, that means all her problems solved! Finally, God had answered her prayers! Only for Elijah to ask for her last meal. Have you ever prayed for something so much and it feels like everything is getting worse? I can definitely relate with this woman because sometimes in my life I would pray for financial breakthrough and it feels like I’m getting into more debt or times when I’m praying for the right man that’s when odd proposals start coming from the wrong men, lol.
The widow could barely feed herself and her son and here is Elijah telling her to give him all she had left. I’m sure if it was some of us that a Pastor asked for our money or last food we would start judging him and calling him selfish, and even conclude that he really is not a man of God. Would she have ever thought that God was going to end her poverty from the only thing she had left?. She passed her test even though her previous actions indicated she was lacking in faith as she already concluded that after her last meal her and her son would die. But the Almighty Father despite her unbelief was ready to help her if only she could show she was willing to let go. If she had refused and probably chased Elijah from her house, we’d be telling a different story today.
We have to realize that sometimes,
“God answers our prayers in unexpected ways”
You are having everything planned out on how you want God to answer you but why don’t you allow God to do it in His own way?
Elijah was the answer to her prayer but she had no idea. Could it be that your answer is staring right in your face but you are still confused because the answer isn’t the way you want?
1st King 17:14
You may not see God’s plan for your life, but you must always believe in your heart that God wants the best for you. God will not give you a snake when you ask him for fish. Maybe you are going through a crisis and you are so confused about what step to take next. Life comes with it’s own challenges but there are things you must learn to do. From the story of Jehoshaphat, here are 10 things every believer must do when faced with challenges:
1) Turn to God for help: Have you ever cried out, “God help me!” Remember God knows all the troubles and problems that you face.
His promises cover the entire range of our needs, troubles, and problems. He wants us to lay hold on these promises for help in every time of need. I don’t know your problems, troubles, difficulties, and needs. But this I do know- You have a hundred percent coverage in God’s promises as recorded in the Bible.
2) Tell people you can trust so they can pray for you too: The apostle Paul wrote, “Brothers, pray for us” (1 Thess. 5:25; also 1 Cor. 1:10–11; Eph. 6:19–20; Col. 4:3). Apparently, he was no longer embarrassed by his weakness and need.
3) Remember how big your God is: The moment you keep making God big, you will realize that the problem will appear to be small. Do you remember this quote “don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell the mountain how big your God is”
4) Remember what God has done for you:
2nd Chron 20:7
Think back for a moment. God has done some amazing things in your life. He may have performed a miracle of healing or delivered you from the bondage of an addiction and catapulted you into your Promised Land.
Think about what God has done for you, you can even decide to write them down.
5) Remember what God has promised: There are so many promises of God, find them. 2nd Chron 20:7
When we are grieving, mourning, doubting, and struggling, we can hold fast to the Lord’s promises. When tragedies come and we find ourselves questioning God, we can go back to His Word and remember His faithfulness to His people.
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6) Appeal to God’s character to help you:
“With man it is impossible but with God all things are possible”.
7) Rely on God’s resources:
If Jesus could have depended on the Father, how much more are we to depend on God? We know that in truth, we depend on God for our very existence (Acts 17:28; Colossians 1:16–17). We also rely upon God for our salvation (Ephesians 2:8–9). Yet on a day-to-day basis, we sometimes find it difficult to rely on God and instead find ourselves depending on our own strength or on worldly wisdom
8) Relax in Faith:
2nd Chron 20:15-17
When you put your life in God’s hands your battles become God’s battle and your enemies become God’s enemies. One of the most elemental aspects of the Christian system is that of “faith.” The writer of Hebrews classifies faith as one of those “first principles” that ought to be understood.
9) Thank God in advance:
Before the victory, thank God in advance. 2nd Chronic 20:21
You must be ready to praise God and thank Him for the things He will do. Start thanking God for the miracles He will perform. When you thank God for what he has already done that’s called gratitude but when you thank God for something in advance that’s called faith. The highest form of faith is thanking God before the answer. There is power in praise.
10) Expect God to turn your battles into blessings:
2nd Chron 20:24-26
God can’t wait to be good to you…
God is good. Everything He does is good and wonderful. In fact, God wants to do something outrageously wonderful in your life every moment of every day…but you have to be ready and expect it to happen!