In the last couple of days in Three Answers and Patience is Genius I’ve talked about prayer and how God sometimes answers our prayers the way we want, sometimes He answers them in a different way entirely and sometimes He simply says, “Not yet”.
Today I’m thinking about what we do when we feel God isn’t answering our prayers. i.e. When we get frustrated or annoyed that God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers. Well I can talk from experience here, as a few years ago when I was at my lowest point and felt as if God had abandoned and forgotten about me, I turned to other people hoping they would meet my needs.
A few weeks ago I read the following quote from Joyce Meyer:
Stop looking to people to meet your needs. Stop going to them instead of Him!
I should have known better than to go to other people, as I’m sure it’ll not surprise you when I tell you that they let me down n really did abandon me. Yes that hurt me and disappointment me, but it all turned out well as if I’d just waited for God’s answer to my prayer instead of trying to force an answer from someone else, life would have been easier for me. Having said that though, it’s only because I’ve been through that situation that I can be honest with you here and urge you to keep talking to God, even if it seems He’s ignoring you…He’s not ignoring you He’s simply waiting until the time is right for Him to answer your prayers.
God does answer prayer, and He will answer your prayers in His time so be patient!