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Prayer according to God’s Will moves the Hand of God

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Prayer done in faith according to God’s Will gets an immediate response from God (1 John 5:14-15). Although God dispatches the answer to prayer immediately when prayed according to His will, if and when we actually see the answer to that prayer is dependent upon several factors. 

My eldest son Jonathon sent me a text message today. He asked me if he could borrow $100.00 to have an infected tooth pulled. He said the side of his face where the bad tooth was was the size of a softball. I asked him how long he had been in pain. He told me he has been dealing with the pain since last Sunday (its Thursday today.

In our society, if we treated our children the way some think God treats His children, we would be arrested for child abuse. God wants all of His children healed and made whole from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet to the tips of their toes. There are no exceptions.

My immediate action was to get the $100.00 over to him. I got in my car and drove from La Verne to Riverside, which is about 35 miles away. Along the way, traffic on the 10 freeway began to back up. What’s usually a 45 minute drive turned out to be a three hour ordeal of sitting in bumper to bumper traffic.

When I saw the left side of his face where the infected tooth was, it was surprising to me that he had been able to deal with the pain as long as he had. My initial response was to get angry at him for waiting this long to ask me for help, but I suppressed those emotions seeing that he had enough on his plate dealing with the pain from the infected tooth.

He said the earliest he could get in to see the Dentist was 9:00 AM tomorrow morning. I hate the fact that he will have to be in pain overnight, but at this point nothing more can be done. As a parent, I hate knowing that any of my children are in pain or discomfort in any way. I will do everything in my power to ease their discomfort. Why? Because I love them and I never want to see them hurting.

We are created in the image of God

I am a father. I have been created in the image of God. God is the great Father figure. Being created in God’s image, I know and understand how God feels about seeing His children in pain. Many have said that God puts pain and affliction on His children to make them better people. I’ve examined this principle from a scriptural stand point and from a practical stand point and I just can’t buy into it.

In our society, if we treated our children the way some think God treats His children, we would be arrested for child abuse. God wants all of His children healed and made whole from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet to the tips of their toes. There are no exceptions.

Some believe that if they are suffering through sickness and disease, and they aren’t seeing signs of healing, it must be God’s will for them to be sick. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We cannot bring the Word of God down to the level of human experience. Rather, we must elevate human experience to the level of God’s Word.

God’s Word is not true in our lives because it works for us. God’s Word works in our lives because it’s true. A great analogy to the story above involving Jonathon can be made with prayer. As soon as we pray to God regarding an issue in our lives, God springs into action, just as I immediately jumped into my car to deliver the money Jonathon requested.

But along the way, I encountered traffic. In our prayer lives, the traffic I encountered on the way to Riverside could be represented by doubt and unbelief. Doubt and unbelief are prayer killers. Mark 6:5-6 says that due to unbelief, Jesus himself could do no mighty works in His own home town.

Prayer in Faith moves the Hand of God

As soon a prayer is uttered according to the will of God, the answer is dispatched from heaven. The level of unbelief and spiritual warfare taking place in the spiritual realm will dictate how long it takes to see the answer to your prayer. In my situation, my 45 minute drive to Riverside was increased to 3 hours because of the amount of traffic I encountered enroute to delivering Jonathon’s request to him.

In the same way, the amount of opposition your prayer encounters through unbelief, doubt and wavering on your part along with the spiritual warfare that’s taking place in your individual situation will determine how long it will take to see an answer to your prayer. Read Daniel 10:10-14 to see how the angel of the Lord was sent to Daniel with an answer to prayer but was delayed 21 days in reaching him due to spiritual warfare.

A Loving Father responds to his children’s needs

I was so thankful that my son came to me with his request for help. My only regret was that he didn’t come to me sooner. I’m sure that’s similar to the way God feels when we are in need and don’t immediately come to Him with our needs.

If there is a need in your life I encourage you to make your requests known unto God through prayer (Philippians 4:6). Stand strong in faith without wavering (James 1:6-7). After doing the will of God, persevere and you will receive what He has promised (Hebrews 10:36).

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4 Comments

  1. This post reminds me that God knows what's best for us far more than we do. He want's us to live and experience things according to His will.

    I often do pray for and about things asking for Him to work His will. For me this is telling The Lord that I trust His judgement over mine. The best thing is that He wants us to trust Him and I know this pleases Him. =)

  2. Like you, I can't buy into the theory that God places pain and affliction on us to make us better. Our God is a loving and merciful God. However, I agree with what Gabe said in his comment – "God knows what's best for us far more than we do."

    I like to equate God to a father watching his toddler attempt to walk. As a father, you're not going to tip your child over. You're not going to stick obstacles in his way. You're not going to make him sick or otherwise get in the way of him walking from the chair to the couch. He will fall down from time to time…that's part of life, of growing up, of learning to walk. But, if he needs help, you're going to stand him back up.

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