The ordinary person would say that God either doesn’t hear me or He’s not answering me. So then, why should one (I) pray?
Let’s look at it this way. Allow your mind to put that thought behind you because normal thinking isn’t God-thinking. Therefore if it’s normal to think this way that means it’s probably not accurate when it comes to God. If one believes like everyone else that God doesn’t hear me, then the truth is He does hear me. If one believes it’s normal for God to rarely answer me, then the truth is He answers more times than He doesn’t Therefore the problem isn’t on God, it’s always on me.
So my God gave me the idea to…
Could it be that we’re expecting God to do something, someone else to act, or a magical occurrence to happen when we pray? What if like Nehemiah, God gave you an idea to… do something? Would you ignore it because it wasn’t what you expected like a magical occurrence? Could it be that God’s been answering you this whole time and you ignored the idea He gave you to…?
Lord, I’ve been waiting on the supernatural occurrence, someone else to act, and possibly a magical disappearance of my problem altogether. I never once considered that you were giving me an idea, a thought, or action to do something that would end in my prayer request being answered. Therefore, I take this moment to think about what ideas and thoughts You’ve planned since I prayed and take action on them. I will follow the path You’re laying out for me to follow, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Your Action (What action based on your prayer can you take?):
I will no longer ignore any thoughts, ideas or signs that God shows me when I’ve prayed. I’ll write it down if necessary and act on them. I’ll stop blaming God when I’ve not done what He’s giving as an answer to my prayers.
For more on this topic, see “It’s Normal to Miss God’s Answers.”
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