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As soon as I pray, God answers. As soon as you pray, God answers. The Psalmist wrote about a response of encouragement and strength, but this isn’t the only answer from God. We can rest assured that as soon as we pray, God answers in whatever way He desires.
When you pray, remember that you are speaking with God. You are speaking to God. Sometimes because we are talking to One we cannot see, we do not communicate effectively. We come up short. We may not ask for what is truly on our hearts because we are trying to speak the perfect prayer. Or maybe we spend so much time praying for others because we want to be humble, that we never connect with God one-on-one.
Today, spend time in prayer with your loving Father. Remember that the moment you speak to Him, He answers you. He adores when you come to Him in prayer, especially when you are sharing what is on your heart. Every single prayer He hears. Every single prayer He answers. You may not understand how He answers or why the answer is not what you expected. Spend time getting to know God, and you’ll find that prayer is all about knowing God more and growing closer to Him.
“As soon as I pray, You answer me; You encourage me by giving me strength.” – Psalm 138:3 [NLT]
Too often we look at what we don’t have and we feel bad for ourselves. We wonder why we don’t have it. We may grumble and complain. Sometimes we ask why these things keep happening to us and why things never go right. We see what others have and we don’t understand why the same things aren’t coming our way.
In James, we read that we don’t have things because we aren’t going to God asking for them. We seem to forget that everything we have is from God. He is our supplier and our sustainer. He is the one who gives us all we have. The world tricks us into thinking we have earned it. So if we know that our God is a giver and He gives us everything, we should be in the mode to ask Him for things. The asking comes with relationship.
It’s hard to go up to a stranger and ask for things. I mean, it’s a stranger. You don’t even know the person. But to go up to your parent and ask for something—it’s practically expected. As you continue to spend time with God, building that strong relationship together, it will get easier and easier to make requests to God. He already wants to give you so much. Read His Word. He has promised you so much! Ask for His promises to be poured out. Be sure to pour out your heart. He already knows the desires of your heart. Be real with Him.
“You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.” – James 4:2 [NLT]
It was early morning and I had broken sleep. I had not had my morning cup of coffee and I was walking not one, but two dogs, as Max was joined with his pal Marci. I felt like I was sleepwalking through the first half mile. I looked forward and saw a man in the distance sitting on a lawn chair. He looked jaundice. I immediately began to pray for him. As I got closer I realized he was just bald and he was wearing a yellow shirt. It was highly unlikely that he had jaundice. Then I said, “Lord, you’re probably laughing at me. I know I would.”
It was a good morning laugh. I was so quick to pray for the man and it was for something not relevant; however, I’m sure that God answered my prayer. The point that I want to highlight is the fact that I instantly prayed for the person. I don’t always do that but it is the best thing to do when we know of someone who is in need of prayer. When someone asks you to pray for them, do it right away. It does not matter where you are at or who you are around or what you are doing.
Prayer lists are great. I have one. Having a set time of the day when you connect with God in prayer is great as well. But there should always be this open door policy throughout your day where there’s no list, there’s no set time, there’s just you and God. When you are driving in your car and you see someone in need of prayer, pray for them. When you are on your work break and just saw someone post something on Facebook that shows a need, pray for them. Right then and there. Sometimes we put the list together and lose it. Sometimes we plan to take that list to our bedroom and pray before bed but we fall asleep with only good intentions that failed. You will feel better if you pray right away and at the same time, you will know that you took it to God first. It is always best in His hands.
“I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath!” – Psalm 116:1-2 [NLT]
When I was younger I knew that money was not pouring from the sky so when it was time to ask for something for my birthday, I always tried to consider something that was a reasonable price. I did not want to ask for something that cost a lot because I knew it was not affordable.
With God, things are very different. You can ask for anything. I am not saying this so that you start asking God for a billion dollars instead of a million dollars. I truly hope that money is not your big request of God. What I’m trying to say is sometimes we continue to pray for small things for God to do in our lives, and we forget that He is a big God.
Did you know that God wants to do something mighty in your life? He wants you to ask for anything. He wants you to be extravagant. “Ask for the moon” He tells Ahaz, and He wants us to think big too. He is a big God. Don’t spend your life praying small prayers when God has greater things waiting. He made you for greater things—pray like you believe it! Whatever vision He lays on your heart, pray about it. Don’t consider how big it is; instead remind yourself of how big He is and watch Him amaze you with His greatness.
“God spoke again to Ahaz. This time he said, ‘Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!’”
-Isaiah 7:10-11 [MSG]
When there is a problem, who do you go to first? When you do not understand something, to whom do you turn? When Rebekah became pregnant, it was a great answer to the prayers of Isaac. However, there was a fight going on in her womb. Jacob and Esau were getting ready for what would continue throughout their life.
Rebekah was so upset by this situation that she questioned living any further. It was too much to endure. I could not imagine the pain of two babies fighting from within the womb. A normal kick alone could be painful but this was a war from inside.
Immediately “she went to God to find out what was going on.” She didn’t seek help elsewhere. She didn’t go to a friend or neighbor. She didn’t go to a midwife. She went to God. It’s the same action we should take when we face a situation, whether it is a war from within, a loss of employment, an illness, or anything and everything else you may face. The bottom line is go to God. Today. Tomorrow. Always.
“Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren. God answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, ‘If this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living?’ She went to God to find out what was going on. God told her,
Two nations are in your womb,
two peoples butting heads while still in your body.
One people will overpower the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”
– Genesis 25:21-23 [MSG]