Do we wait for God's answer?

Do we wait for God's answer?

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

I once heard a leader say that he's not "super spiritual" as some who pray to God for everything. Friends, it's better to be super spiritual then to be super worldly, it's better to be super spiritual then to be super religious, and it's better to be super spiritual then to be super stupid.

My friends, I believe if we prayed to God to direct our path and did not do anything before we can get a response, then it'll keep us out of a lot of trouble that we often finds ourselves in. I'm not saying that we should pray and ask God whether we should use tomato sauce or tartar sauce on our meal. Rather, we should pray asking God if he wants us to go on that vacation, take that job, marry that person, attend that event, attend this church, buy this expensive item, befriend that person, and accept that gift.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

I believe for the most part, most born-again believers do pray for these things. However, we do not always wait to receive a response. If we do not receive an answer and the decision is approach, we will go with whatever we want instead of resting and not doing anything.

Please note: This is teaching post is in reference to the prayer of supplication. Watch the video below to understand the different types of prayers.
There are 4 reasons why God doesn't respond to us right away when we ask him a question:

1. We do not have a free heart. 
  • Our heart is our communication point to God. If our heart is not calm and quiet, then we cannot connect with God. Advice: Turn off all electronic devices before you pray, get in a quiet space, and sing one praise and worship song before you pray to ask him question.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

2. We are not praying from our heart, rather we are praying from our soul.
  • Our soul is our emotions and feelings. If we have a free heart, but yet pray from our soul, then God will not answer the questions that we have in our soul, but rather what's in our heart.For example: Our soul may want to know when will this suffering end? Jesus may say trust me. That's not what our soul asked but he responded to our heart because he knows our heart is fearful. Advice: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray from your heart!
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalm 62:5

3. He has already answered us!
  • We already received the answer but choose not to accept it or believe it. I often find that when this is the case, that I hear silence from the Lord.
 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. John 10:23-26

4. We do not know him and he doesn't know us.
  • Some Christians go to God only when they need something instead of building a relationship with him by reading the word of God daily, and praying to him daily with all kinds of prayer. God wants a relationship with us. If you only go to him when you need him then you most likely will not get a response quickly.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
    Practical Advice For Waiting:
    Waiting for God may very well mean that you don't get to take that trip although you haven't had a vaca in 10 years, or marry that person that you wanted marry and thus be single for another couple of years, or take that job, and thus remain at the job where you're hated. This is where trust in God and having a relationship with God matters. What if God doesn't want you to go on that trip to protect you?  What if God's silence towards the question you had regarding the marital proposal is to protect you? What's waiting another 2 years for another proposal if it's going to save you a life-time of marital agony? What if God wants you to stay at the job in which you are hated, to teach you how to love?... and without learning this lesson he cannot bless you with that marriage that's perfect for you.

    Sometimes waiting for God's answer, means that you will not know God's answer until after the deadline. Thus, when we don't get an answer it's better not to do whatever we wanted to do. Safety and protection is better than fun!

    One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. Deuteronomy 19:15,2 Corinthians 13:1
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