Does it do any good to pray? Is God listening? Will He answer your prayers? Just what should you expect when you pray? And what should you do once you have prayed?
God always listens to the prayers of anyone who is seeking Him with a heart willing to do His will. If you are willing to do what God wants you to do, then you can be sure He is listening to your prayers.
God always answers the prayers of one with a willing
heart, too. Just as with requests we make of other people, sometimes the
answer is "yes," sometimes the answer is, "no," and sometimes the answer
is, "wait." But God
does answer our prayers:
It is important to remember that God does not always
answer our prayers immediately. He answers our prayers when it is best
for Him to answer them. Sometimes that can be immediately, sometimes it
can be a very long time, and sometimes it is somewhere in between. Because
God always knows what is best and will do what is best for us if we will
trust Him, it is our job to "wait in expectation" once we have prayed:
Waiting can be a difficult thing for most of us.
Not many people enjoy waiting. After all, we want what we want when we
want it. But what we want is not always good for us or others. If God immediately
answered our prayers with "yes" every time we prayed, we'd be in a heap
of trouble most of the time. It is actually a wonderful thing that we can
rest knowing that God loves us so much that He does what is best for us
if we trust Him. When we realize that, we can "wait in expectation" like
Remember that God will listen to your prayers, He will answer your prayers, His answer will be what is best for you, and His answer will arrive when it is best. Make your requests to God and wait in expectation.
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