prayer mean when it is broken down? When you look up Pray
in Webster's dictionary, it means to request or plea. Er
means a person belonging to or associated with(prayer).
When we go to God in prayer we are making a request or plea
and because we belong to and are associated with our request
or plea, God knows our prayer from all the other prayers that
are being prayed.
So, what about when God does answer our prayers? God can
answer prayers through dreams, circumstances, thoughts or
other people. Those that are deeply rooted in prayer with
God can even hear His voice. What we need to learn about God
is that His answers are not always so obvious. Your answer is
not going to be written in the sky by a blimp. No one is going
to come up to you with "I am the answer to your prayer" written
across their forehead. You are certainly not going to hear someone
say "I am the answer to your prayer"; "can you take me to the store?"
Sometimes when we think that God didn't answer our prayer,
it could just be that we didn't notice the answer. God can
give you an answer to a prayer just by giving you a thought.
Usually when God gives you a thought, it's a thought that
will not go away until you act on it. Keep in mind that the
thoughts that God gives you are to help you and not to harm
you. So, any thought that is of evil is not of God. If you
are someone who spends plenty of time with God, you will
know the difference.
So, let's go back to noticing an answer from God. When
someone ask you for help, don't be so quick to say no
unless it is going to put you in a bad situation.
Sometimes God can bless you with what you need through
someone else's need. Your answer could come through one
person God knows you have no patience for. Your answer
will usually come the one day that you really do not feel
like doing anything or dealing with anyone.
Try not to have so much pride when God gives you the
answer that you think you don't want. People will not apply
for food stamps or any government assistance program and
they have been laid off of their job simply because they
don't want anyone to see them doing so. They don't want
anyone to know. So, they go without getting more upset with
God and asking people to pray for them when God already
gave them the answer. If you will do everything that you
honestly can do, then God will do everything that you are
unable to do. You are not waiting on God if you are not doing
anything due to pride, God is waiting on you!
God does things with more than one person in mind. God's heart is
for His people. God said that His thoughts are not our thoughts and
His ways are not our ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the
earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts are
higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8,9). Matthew 25:35-45 clearly
lets us know how God feels about His people. He tells us that when
we fed, clothed, or helped others, no matter how unimportant they
may have seemed, we were doing the same for Him, but whenever we
rejected feeding, clothing or helping others, we also rejected
feeding, clothing or helping Him.
Try to spend more time with God and His word. When you go
to God with intentions of knowing more about Him in your heart
(and He will definitely search your heart for your real intentions),
He will honor you efforts even if it is 15 minutes a day, because He
knows that eventually 15 minutes a day will increase as you spend
more and more time with Him. Get to know God so that you will start
to know more about His ways and His thoughts. The more you know about
God's ways and God's thoughts, the more you will notice His answers
to any problems that you may have.