I prayed but God didn’t help.
Church of the Highlands was founded on the principle of seeking God first. Every January thousands gather at different locations and online for 21 Days of Prayer seeking wisdom, guidance and direction for our lives, church and our nation.
Pastor Chris Hodges describes prayer as “simply talking with someone you know and love; a conversation between you and the One who loves you the most.”
We pray and pray and somehow our prayers seem to bounce off the walls. You ask yourself, “Hello, is anyone there? But we hear nothing. God is silent. Don’t depend on what you feel; depend on what His Word says. I John 5:14-15 states “this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.”
I prayed and God didn’t help me. What do I do when God is silent? In the process of growing you must believe and wait upon the Lord. Stop focusing on what God hasn’t done and start focusing on what he has done for you. I am blessed that my high mileage car is still running, I am blessed with a mom who is putting a roof over my head and blessed with a job that I actually like.
Believing seems simple enough; not complicated. But how many of us just go through the motions? Do we really believe with all our heart? Even though we may not know all the details God is working out the answers to our prayers. Without warning our circumstances can change.
One thing is for certain- before God makes his move we will wait. No one likes to wait. We live in an age of wanting things now instead of later. It’s funny how the first image that came to mind was the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’s Vercua Salt. She is a spoiled child who wants everything when she wants it. She sings “I Want It Now!” before she is left to the squirrels. Veruca never waited for anything in her life, but for us that is not the case. We are guaranteed to wait.
Waiting is the hardest. It’s like waiting on a red light to turn green. Sometimes it feels some lights take longer than others to turn green. Like a loving parent, our heavenly Father knows what is best for us. We often say God is never late, but generally He isn’t early either. Why? Because He uses time of waiting to stretch our faith in him and bring about change and growth in our life.
Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He’s trying to change your heart. ~ Tonya
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Your Turn: Expect God to break his silence. If God answered your prayer right away, would we be prepared to handle his interpretation? ~ Breath on Paper