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Prayers of the Righteous

Hey Luvs!

If you sometimes wonder if God hears you when you pray, keep reading.

All throughout scripture we see examples of answered prayer.

Why then do we sometimes doubt that our petitions will be answered?

There could be many reasons, but I believe one of the primary reasons we sometimes doubt is because God’s timing often times does not match our timing.

Isaiah 55:8-9 in the New King James Version reads:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts

And because God’s thoughts and ways are much higher than ours, sometimes situations that look like unanswered prayer are indeed answered prayer but not in the way you had hoped or expected.

Because the very nature of God is love, you can trust that what seems like “no” or “not now” will work out for your good, even if you can’t see it in that very moment. Humanity is limited, but God knows everything about everything at all times. We must learn to trust His timing.

I remember one time praying to be financed for a certain vehicle. My credit at the time was in the tank so the dealer wouldn’t finance me. A couple months later, my brother suggested I check out a sporty Lexus. It was much nicer than the first car I had set my hopes on, and guess what? I was able to pay cash for it!

I learned a couple things from this experience – patience, perseverance and that God always has a better plan. What seemed like unanswered prayer in the beginning was actually God directing me to a higher way of doing things. It feels really good to not be responsible for a car payment every month, especially during this economic climate.

Beloved, in those moments when you may start to wonder if God will answer your prayers, rest assured that He will. As a child of God, remember that He is watching over you and His intentions toward you are always good.

Today, I leave you with these reminders found in the Word of God.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. — James 5:16

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. –2 Corinthians 1:20

Selah.

Pray.

So many thoughts ran through my mind this week. When I’m frustrated or even angry, I’m not shy about telling God how I feel. I told God I was angry when I saw images on social media of protestors at our State Capitol, some carrying guns and nooses, rallying against the state’s social distancing orders. I know we don’t all have to agree with our politicians or the decisions they make, but flaunting symbols of racial hatred to make a point is vile and disgusting. I believe people who engage in this type of behavior are influenced by an enemy they cannot see.

After my rant, God had something to say too.

He told me to pray.

Pray?

Yes, pray.

Why?

Because spiritual battles cannot be won by natural means. It’s like fighting blind. The Word tells us as much.

 “Put on the whole amour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” — Ephesians 6:11-12

Everything you see in the natural realm originated in the spiritual realm.

Everything.

The chair you’re sitting in existed as a thought first. Our technical gadgets, from the iPhone to Alexa, all started as a thought in someone’s mind before they were ever introduced in the marketplace.

And so it is when we consider the despicable behavior of others. Who or what is behind the ugliness that we see manifested in the natural?

In this moment, failing to recognize that we are more connected than we are disconnected is like fighting blind. We have more similarities than dissimilarities regardless of race, ethnicity or social status. By failing to recognize this fact we fall right into the hands of the enemy. It’s his job to create distractions that turn our focus to what divides us as a nation rather than what can bring us together. This is a spiritual battle that can only be won with spiritual armor. Assault rifles and other symbols of hatred, albeit intimidating in the natural, are no match for a spiritual adversary.

Sadly, the individual who knows only how to fight by natural means is already defeated.

The individual who knows only how to fight by natural means is already defeated.

So yes, pray.

Pray that blinded eyes will be opened.

Selah.