Why Is the Answer Delayed?

FOLLOWING THE MASTER – A Lenten Devotional

31st Day of Lent

March 16, 2016

Why Is the Answer Delayed?

Copyright 2016 Monica Hernandez

AFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts@ (Isaiah 55:9, KJV).

Often, we hear words like these: AGod isn=t hearing my prayers” or “God isn=t answering my prayers” or “I have been praying so long for a breakthrough in my finances, in my domestic affairs, in the situation on my job, and there is no answer@ or AI have been praying for certain changes in my life and there is no answer@or AI have been praying for changes in my loved one=s life, and I don=t see any answers!@

However, when answers to our prayers are delayed, we need first to consider that God=s ways and thoughts are not like ours. Secondly, we need to consider that God is always good and He answers prayer at the right time, which is His time, and in His way, which is always best for us.

When answers to our prayers are delayed, it does not mean that God has not heard our prayers and answering them; it simply means that our prayers are not answered Ayet@ because our God is a God of preparation and plan and still working on the answer.

It means that God is working in the hidden places of our lives, arranging and preparing the parts of His answer, and bringing them together. He sees and knows all that is necessary and knows where the parts are.

He knows you; He knows your problem; He knows the answer to your problem and is orchestrating persons and places and situations to bring your answer to pass in a perfect way.

There is a Russian proverb that says: AEvery seed knows its timeCall in good time.@ Yes, every seed we sow and every idea we nurture has a specific time for manifestation and it is all in good timeCGod=s time. And our prayers are very much like the seeds we sow.

Are you desperate for an answer to your prayer? Are you thinking that God is taking too long with His answer?

Consider the sprouting of seeds. Some seeds take three or four days to sprout out of the ground, while others take about six months and even more in the process. This helps us to understand the process of God=s manifesting our answers to prayer; some answers take a longer time to process than others.

However, God will give us the patience to wait if we ask Him.

SUGGESTED READINGS: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 29:13, Mark 11:24.

PRAYER: AHeavenly Father, I am standing on your promises to hear my prayer and I believe, in your timing, you will send me the answer. In Jesus= name, I pray. Amen.@

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

God is working in the hidden places of my life, arranging and

preparing the answer to my prayers.