|This photo was taken at my favorite prayer place.|
Prayer is such a blessing, and I am grateful for my Father's loving, listening ear. The G-d of the Universe told us to pray about everything. In Proverb 3:26, He says: In all your ways acknowledge Me, and I will direct Your path. I love that verse, and this one: And this is the confidence we have in Him: if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us; and if He hears us, we know we have the petition we desire of Him. What wonderful promises.
As a young believer, I read the biography of George Mueller, and my confidence in the effectiveness of prayer was birthed. I began to keep journals of my prayer requests with dates the prayer was asked, and the date it was answered. What a faith builder. I learned that G-d hears and answers. I read something recently that applies to the lessons I've learned through this exercise:
When the idea isn't right, G-d says NO
When the time isn't right, G-d says SLOW
When you are not ready, G-d says GROW
When everything is right, G-d says GO
I've learned to trust G-d's timing. He knows best. Another saying I keep in my prayer journals is this:
G-d gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him.
There have been times I didn't understand why G-d delayed in answering my prayers. Time taught me to trust His timing. A good example is a house I tried to sell back in the 80's. I needed the money, prayed about it it, and tried and tried to sell that house to no avail. I finally rented it to a wonderful family who loved living there, and were great renters for seven years. In the 80's, I thought I needed the money, but when the house finally sold, I needed the money even more. As a matter of fact, I prayed this prayer: Father, if you want me to take a trip to Israel, please let the rental house sell." When I put the house on the market a second time, it sold in one week.