Have you ever prayed relentlessly to God for something and feel as if your petitions are left unheard?
My son Seth asked me one day to buy him a new video game. I had already bought him a couple of what he wanted and requested but I had it stashed away in the closet with the purposeful intent of giving it to him for Christmas.
It’s been days since he first requested a specific game. Being his parent, I had perceived that the game I bought would be quite enjoyable for him based on his interests. I had purposed to give him what he asked for long before he even asked. I had already planned that that was what I was going to give.
Here I am, graced with the epiphany of the similitude of how God has already planned and set for us in granting our heart’s desires and other petitions but have us wait for the opportune time to receive it when He deems us ready. We are mere creatures of the one true and supreme God and there is no way we should expect God to act to fulfill our wishes at our own timetable especially when He is omniscient and knows what is and what is not good for us.
I don’t consider myself anything special that God should favor me in any way, but I can honestly say that God truly answers prayers. Countless times have I cried out to the Lord and never once has He let me down. There are just times when it is so surreal even when I find myself treading towards a distant land (backsliding and getting further away from God’s fellowship and presence), He never stops wooing me to come back to Him.
You would think that with all the backsliding He would ignore your request to help you get out of the rut you have put yourself in, He never fails to come to your rescue. It is such a sweet and surreal experience of God’s expression of unconditional love, to bless you with an obvious answer to prayer.
As Jesus says in Matthew 7-11,
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (HCSB)
We are to persistently ask God for righteous requests with no hesitation. As long as we know it is not against His will (against His will would be obvious selfish requests with wrong motives), it is not a matter of whether or not He will answer our prayer. It is a matter of when the manifestation of the answer to your petition will occur.
Today, my son came to me again with the same request. I have not denied his request. I have not divulged my intent but if only he knew that it already has been granted; I am waiting for the time I purposed to give it to him.