“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full” John 16:24
Have you prayed and not had your prayers answered? If your feel your prayers aren’t being answered the way you want, God may have another Plan for you. His Will may have different directions for your life. God’s delays are not God’s denials.
I’ve heard people say that God doesn’t answer their prayers. I’ve heard some, but fewer people talk about the prayers that God DID answer for them. God listens to ALL prayers; and all are answered, but sometimes not in the way we’ve asked for them.
Here’s How Americans Pray:
U.S. News and the Internet site Beliefnet funded a poll to learn more about why, how, where and when people pray. Here is a summary of the findings:
· 75% percent were Christian.
· 64% say they pray more than once a day.
· 56% say they most often pray for family members, with 3.3% saying that they pray for strangers.
· A little over 38% say that the most important purpose of prayer is intimacy with God.
· 41% say that their prayers are answered often.
· 1.5% say that their prayers are never answered.
· Over 73% say when their prayers are not answered, the most important reason is because they did not fit God’s plan.
· 5% say that they pray most often in a house of worship.
· 79% say that they pray most often at home.
· 67% say that in the past six months, their prayers have related to continually giving thanks to God.
The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, shows that prayer is a common religious practice in America, with nearly six-in-ten adults in the U.S. saying they pray at least once a day.
Americans still pray a lot. Ninety percent say they have a spiritual conversation with God daily, according to a recent study released by Brandeis University. Forty-five percent pray several times a day. The experience is very personal, with eight out of 10 beginning their prayers with a familiar greeting, like “Dear Lord” or “Hello Jesus.
I say little prayers all during the day. Sometimes, I say ‘God, I hope I shut the coffee off’, or ‘God, please let me pass this test’. These ARE little prayers. And the majority of them are answered. And then there are the big prayers, ‘God, please make things right between me and my brother; or ‘Please, God, help me with this floating anxiety’; or ‘God, please let someone be there to pick up the phone’ in an emergency. And the major prayers, ‘God, please let him get well; or ‘God, let my test results come out OK’; or ‘God, please don’t let her die’.
They are all prayers and they will all be answered, but some not in ways we want them to be. God knows what we want before we even pray for it. And sometimes he answers them the way we want……and sometimes they seem to go unanswered or denied. But, they aren’t.
He hears us and His Will be done. God has a plan for all of us. And sometimes the things we pray for are not part of the plan He has for each of us. If our prayers aren’t answered the way we want them to be, it’s not because we are being punished or God is teaching us a lesson or He’s not listening. He may have an entirely different outcome planned. Some of my greatest joys in life have resulted from unanswered prayers. And some of my greatest emotional growth spurts have resulted from unanswered prayers. And some of my greatest memories and happiness are from God’s answered prayers.
If you think about all the things we take for granted every day, and believe that ‘All Good Things Come From God’, you will find that your life has so many answered prayers every day that go unnoticed. Until you really think about them. Be patient; God has plans for all us. If it seems He is not answering your fervent prayer, He probably has another Plan in mind for you. Father really knows best.
Marie Coppola © Revised 2017 Ref: National Day of Prayer