Her story was intended to encourage prayer, but it discouraged me. It seemed God answered all her prayers. Doubt crept in.
Some of my most fervent, persistent prayers have not been answered.
The next day I was substitute teaching. The students were completing a project but we could not find the work they had done. We looked everywhere. I breathed a silent prayer, and immediately found what we were looking for. God heard me!
He hears you.
Will he not answer all our prayers in a way that brings Him glory?
We should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1).
Sometimes we wait for people, even when we ask nicely. Someone else might have asked first. Maybe they’re too busy. Perhaps they don’t how to help. Maybe they don’t care.
Sometimes we wait for God, even when we pray fervently. But the reasons we wait for Him are not the same as the reasons we wait for people. He listens to every prayer. It doesn’t matter who prays first. He always has time. He can do anything and everything, and He always cares.
How could He not care? He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for sinners. For us.
So, as we pray, and wait for God to act, we’re rehearsing what’s true. God is good, powerful, loving and wise. And He wants us to ask until He answers (read Luke 18:1-8).
FYI: we’re still waiting for God to sell our house. I’ll let you know how God answers our prayers.