Is God Answering my Prayers?

answerprayerContinue to trust God. He is faithful, always.

It is not what we do for God that causes him to respond in love. He knows you and knew you from before you were born, even before the foundation of the world was made. He knows you so well that even the hairs of your head are numbered. He loves you and is in the process of working out his eternal plan for your life at this very moment. Sometimes we may feel alone but in fact, we never are. He is always present and we need not do anything special to get his attention. As his eye is on the sparrow, so it is on you. He loves you more than you will ever know.
God does not look for those who will do things for him, but rather He looks constantly for those he can do great things through. 2 Chronicles 16:9 in the Bible tell us that “His eyes roam to and fro across the entire earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully his.”

The Apostle Paul prayed (three times) for release from his physical illness but he was not healed. There was nothing deficient in Paul, God had another plan. Remember, his plan for you is for all of eternity, not just this period in time. Trust that he is working that eternal plan at this very moment.

God’s timing is perfect. Trust that he is answering and will answer.

Written by John Benza

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34 Responses to “Is God Answering my Prayers?”

  • Heinz says:

    Hi there…best to look for a nearby church and deliverance ministry will help you out…God bless in Jesus Name

  • Kimberly says:

    So this week was a bad week. First my phone broke. then my dog went missing. then like me and this boy on bad terms. so ya know phone fixed and dog back. told the boy i had a hard time expressing myself…
    God really is helping right now.

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Cheryl, so glad to hear that you have a relationship with the Lord even though you pulled away because of all the opposition that was coming your way. May you realize that anytime you are in a thriving relationship with the Lord, attending church, fellowshipping with other Believers, and taping into the destiny God has for you the enemy, Satan, will begin attacking you. He does not want you to be in a growing, close, relationship with the Lord, other Believers and fulfilling the good plans God desires of you! Chances are that is why those “spiritual attacks’ came our way along with any rebellion you might had dabbled in! Regardless, God loves you; He still has wonderful plans to use you, and a great future for you as well!

    Your best defense is not to pull away from God when oppositions are rising up against you left and right. Instead, that is when you need to press into the Lord even more in prayer, asking His Holy Spirit to comfort, empower, and guide you!

    The Holy Spirit gives me strength and is my comforter, counselor, healer, and protector in these times. When I am frustrated and experience emotional ups and downs I confess my sins, repent and pray and ask the Holy Spirit to be on the throne of my heart, to direct and empower my thoughts, talks and walks so that I can bear the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22)

    By faith you can be filled with the Holy Spirit that will empower your daily steps. Here is a suggested prayer that you can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to empower your steps and experience his abundances of life. We are filled with the Spirit by faith, enabling us to experience intimacy with God and enjoy all He has for us.

    “Father, I need you, I acknowledge that I have sinned against You by directing my own life. I thank you that you have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled and as you promised in your Word that you would do if I asked in faith. Thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit and directing my life.”

    Cheryl, may you realize that God is only one prayer away from receiving you back into His loving arms of protection, forgiveness, and provisions. Trust that He is watching over you at this very moment in time and that He is listening to your prayers for help. Continue to hold onto your faith in Him to provide the work clothes you are in need of for that new job. Hope you come back to share your wonderful testimony of how God worked in this situation for you.

    Father God, I pray that You will provide Cheryl with clothing for the new job she will be starting soon! It may look like an impossible situation to her at this very moment BUT all things are possible with You for those that love You. I pray that Cheryl and Your relationship will be restored and begin to flourish again as it did before. Cease all attacks that are coming against her at this time and bless her beyond measure so she will have a beautiful testimony to share with others knowing that You came to her rescues just when she needed you the most. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

  • cheryl says:

    I do thank you for your prayers and yes I had an awesome relationship with Jesus at one time but have since moved away from him and my church when all the problems came one after another I still hold on tight but it gets so hard at times I just feel I cannot go on I am a strong woman and I will get past this with theLords help I just need to remember toreach out for him when the darkness begins to consume me thank you again and God bless oh and as far as my church no they will not help me with work clothes but I know somehow I will get them

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Dear Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear about all that you are going through at this time. I want to assure you that God does answer our prayers but it is according to His timing and not our own. It is also based upon us having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ His Son and being in right relation with Him. Have you ever asked and accepted Jesus into your heart and life?

    Are you currently seeking any help for the depression that you are dealing with? God loves you so much and does not desire that you take your life because of the hardships you are currently dealing with. God’s word says that He has a good propose for you life!

    Usually God uses the hard times to make us more aware of our great need for Him. Thank God for providing you with the new job opportunity and trust that He will provide you with the needed money to buy the needed clothes for the job.

    Are you aware that there are many wonderful organizations now days that will assist with free clothes for work? Maybe you can contact someone at your local church that might be able to assist you with getting clothes for your new job. You would be amazed over how helpful all these organizations are in helping people take the next step toward bettering their lives. That is really, what God desires for you.

    At this time, I would like to pray for you:

    Father God, I pray for Your will to be done in Cheryl’s life. I ask that You would make a way for her to be able to acquire work clothes for the new job that she will be starting soon as well as new clothes for everyday purposes too. As Cheryl begins to take steps to better her life, I ask that You would bless her with abundant favor and provisions. I ask that You bring the right people into her life that will build her up and not tear her down. I pray that you would heal her mind from all oppressive thoughts that are bombarding her mind at this time. I ask that You place a hedge of protection around her that will keep her safe from any further harm or calamities. May she sense Your presences, peace, love and joy! Bring her out of the troubles she is in and into the new life, plan and purposes You have for her. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen

  • cheryl says:

    if God answers prayers why has he not answered any of mine in the last year I have lost everything I have no place to live no decent clothes without holes my pets have both died and my family has turned against me saying all this misfortune is my own fault I struggle now daily with so much hate and anger and beg god to help me to no availmy depression has gotten so bad I just want to die I ask god everyday to take my life rather than put me through all this miseryand yet I am still here WHY ?the only good thing that has happened is I got a job but it doesnt start for another week so I have to figure out how to get money for the work clothes or I dont get the job

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  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    Sounds like God is definitely showing you the way and answering your prayers Briana. Keep heading in the direction that He has showed you and study hard so you will pass next time! You Go Girl!

  • Briana says:

    About a year ago, the day before I was scheduled to gradurate for my GED, on the way out of saying goodbye to my teachers/classmates, I came across a brouchure for the National Guard. I brought it home and showed my parents. They thought it sounded like a great opportuntity. Dad went to work the next day and comes home, informing me that one of his old co-workers, Melanie, her husband Mike is a National Guard Recruiter and they literally live right down the street from us. Mike sat down with me and gave me pointers, tips, information on the Guard. When he left, Mom, Dad and I talked it over and we thought the same thing- “This could be amazing in both the short and the long haul.” I informed Mike I wanted to do it and he got me in touch with Sargent Bradford and I stuided and went and took the ASVAB and ended up failing. They told me to study and I could take it again in 6 months but I have to make a 50 or higher this time if I want to get in. That very afternoon after I had taken the ASVAB, I was looking something up on yahoo, when a pop-up ad for the National Guard popped up of a Soilder holding a Bible pointing a finger straight at me with the words underneath, “You Are Needed Here!”. Needless to say, my mouth fell open. I told my Dad that maybe God was giving me a sign of this is what He wants me to do with my life. Dad agreeded. I began studying my butt off – still am – and months went by with me hearing nothing from either Mr Melton or Sargent Bradford. I left them both dozens upon dozens of messages on thier cellphones, home phones; sent them numerous emails. No response. Dad told me to pray about it. Literally, the VERY. NEXT. DAY. the home phone rings. It’s Mr Melton and he’s trying to steer me into the Coast Guard instead. I tell him no and end up convincing him that I want the National Guard, that I’ll be ready to pass the ASVAB in a month and a half and that I’m ready to join thier team. He said alright and to prove him wrong which I intend to. After months of hearing nothing from Mr Melton or Sargent Bradford and after praying about it, the very next day I get a response? It has to be God. Dad thinks it is. I think it is. I HOPE it is. I really, REALLY hope it is. Needless to say, The Lord can work miracles, you just have to believe. Here’s to hoping I pass this next time w/a 50 or higher- Oy!! Stressed lol :) But hey like God Says, “I work for the good of those who Love Me”.

  • Rasheil Rasheil says:

    Hi Beated, Battered and Broken:

    I just want to share with you that God can totally handle all the negative feelings we have, even about Him. Also, that God looks at the heart. He is not so concerned with outward appearance, or us looking like we are happy people. He knows when we are down and He knows what you are going through now. Tell God everything you feel. What’s important is that you approach God about it. He can handle anything. He is not condemning and guilt and shame is not from Him at all. It is from the enemy.

    How do we know that guilt and shame is from the devil and not from God? Well, what happens when we feel those feelings? We stay away from God, right? So I encourage you to get closer to God. When we feel bad, it’s a time to get closer to God. Guilt and shame is just a barrier that just imprisons people – this is not from God. God is about freedom.

    Another thing I want to share is to encourage you to consider that our lives are a spiritual battle. Everyday, the devil roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)…what it looks like on earth is destruction – in the form of depression, economic losses, divorce, arguments between loved ones, etc…. when there is no Holy Spirit there is no fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). The negative things in life we experience is due to the lack of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives.

    What you’re feeling now us a result of a spiritual battle. The only way to really be on the winning side is through a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. (see http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/discoverpurpose/ for more information.) Yes, there are so many motivational speakers and self-help books out there, but from my experience, they do not produce long-lasting help, and when they do, it is when they follow what the Bible already says. I encourage you to find out more from here: http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/discoverpurpose/. It is life-changing. Please come by here again to let me know what you think of it…I mean it…please pass by through here again.

    Also, consider asking for a one-on-one mentor — http://powertochange.com/discover/talk-to-a-mentor/

    Lord God, I lift up Beated, Battered and Broken and I ask Lord that you touch this person’s life. I pray Lord that you provide the resource for a life of freedom through Jesus Christ. That you open up the paths for freedom from negative feelings, doubt, guilt, shame and burden. Let this person feel Your love Lord, especially when no one around represents Your love and Your true character. In Jesus name, Amen.

    Hope to hear from you again,
    Rashiel

  • beated , battered and broken says:

    i don’t know about this. My life is in shambles. People all around dont see it as i just smile and hide underneath it. i cant even stand looking at myself in the mirror. Sometimes i wonder – maybe all that has happened is because i lack faith, or its punishment for all the wrong things i have done, or maybe something is really wrong with me. I have at times been so angry that i have cursed all in my heart (yes, including god) – so maybe this is punishment.

    People say be thankful of what you have , be contented etc – i think seriously that is a bunch of bullxxit. And no offence to anyone , i keep getting this message that i am “part of some greater plan” , or the Lord’s reply is “not yet” or “yes” , or is a “Test of faith” -> personally i think it smacks of just a politically correct answer. If not, ok , i have definitely failed everything on all accounts.

    i am now even sceptic about asking for forgiveness – somehow it did not work for me (or maybe once again, i had no faith, i was doing too much bad things)

    Ok, and now that i have typed this, its back to the same cycle – probably accepting that this is punishment for all my past sins may make me feel better – and since I would be most likely be punished by his angels again…. and know i know why we have alcohol……

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Cheryl, Thanks for sharing your heart with us. It sounds like there are a lot of things weighing you down right now. It is such a good plan to talk with other people when you get in a place like that so that you can get a new perspective of life. I know that Jesus is answering your prayer by bringing you here. Let me invite you to talk with one of our online mentors. You can share all the things that are weighing you down and together you can look to God to find what He is trying to accomplish in your life. You can find a Mentor Request Form at http://powertochange.com/discover/talk-to-a-mentor.

    Let me assure you that Jesus had heard your prayers. He is at work in your life right now and He has plans for you that are far greater than you could ever ask or imagine. He has promised that He will help you to stand in the middle of any storm, including this one that you are in right now. I don’t know why He has allowed this stuff to happen to you but I know that He has His infinite attention on you right now and wants you to know His love and His strength. Don’t give up! He is not finished with you and He will make something beautiful out of the chaos that you find yourself in.

    Lord God, I pray for Cheryl right now and ask that You would bring new hope and joy into her life. I pray that she would have a new awareness of Your presence with her and that would give her strength to stand. Bring people into Cheryl’s life who will help her keep her eyes focused on You. In Jesus’ name amen.

  • Cheryl Bixenman says:

    I wanna die. I had 2 accidents 5 years ago and they were serious. I have not had one good day since. With my health or sleep or anything. I never want to wake up because i fear the day and i have ptsd and anxiety and cry 24 hours a day. All of my friends but 2 have left me. My entire family hates me. I can never be with my grandchildren. I can never sleep well. I have had s headache for 3 years straight. Everything just keeps going wrong.Why am i still alive. I hate myself and my life. I pray to jesus all the time for his help and healing. Why do all these bad things keep happening to me? Please help me and pray for me. I am dying insiden I want to live and i dont know what to do anymoren i need help and nobody cares.
    ?k

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    Melanie, there are some difficult questions you are going to have to ask yourself. What went wrong before? Has he changed? Have you changed? Are you different people than you were before? If that bitterness and trauma is still there for you then God would have to make it abundantly clear to you that you are to go back into a relationship with him before even considering it. Although it isn’t impossible for a second round of a relationship to end differently than before, there would have to be some huge changes otherwise you will just end up heartbroken again. Only you will be able to answer that question.

    We do have online mentors that volunteer here on our site that would love to walk alongside of you and pray for you. If you are interested, just fill in the form on this page and someone will email you. http://powertochange.com/discover/talk-to-a-mentor/

  • melanie says:

    new year of 2005 i had this prayer asking for a sign that who ever be that man that im going to meet that same day will the man to whom i am going to spent the rest of my life..the man that god is intended me to have..and surprisingly it happen..i met this man,we started as friend in a couple of days i became us,without knowing that he is the answer to my prayer,not until i realize when im about to fall inlove with him..i can feel that were both inlove with each other..but i dont know,seems like there is something lacking in our relationship..as our love runs a lot longer things seems to went wrong..and we ended it in a bitter way,our love lasted for about 3yrs,since then we never had a any communication nor seeing each other or heard anything about him..our break-up brings so much pain to me and it took me almost 2yrs of recovery…and now its been almost 5 yrs since it happen to us,and now i can finally say to my self that i am totally okey now,i have assembled myself again after that very traumatic experience but still ive never get the strength to love another again…now i have gain enough courage and able to pray again for someone to love me truly and someone i could love too..but right after that prayer,when im about to went home ,on the road, accidentally i meet this same man again,the man on my prayer 5yrs ago,…he gave me a big smile and talk a while,in spite of the bitterness of our break-up ive never expected us to act like we really misses each other,as if 5yrs is just yesterday.i really cant deny the fact that we are happy to see each other,but the trauma is still there so i hurriedly excuse myself and went home..IM SO CONFUSE..IS HE REALLY THE ONE FOR ME?..COULD IT BE SAME PRAYER WITH SAME ANSWER?..

  • Andrew Andrew says:

    Av,

    Many times God allows trials into our lives even though we don’t understand why he does not help us. The only thing we can do is trust God as Isiah 43: 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be there with you. When you go through the rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. All we can do is ask God to give us the strength to show us his will and live one day at a time.

  • AV says:

    God, please provide us a stable home. We lost our home and business and have moved 3x’s in the last year. My family doesn’t deserve this. No one deserves to live like this!

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    That’s so encouraging Loretta that you can see how God is answering your prayers.

  • loretta says:

    I do belive prayers are answerd I ask for a prayer for peace of mind an to be guided were I should

  • RAYMOND HUFF says:

    My wife and i been apart for 4 months,i been praying eveyday for us to come to gether again.I my heart i know GOD is going to let it happen,i already seen sigh he working on it, i really belive he going to save my marriage. AMEN

  • jess says:

    Darren Hewer,
    thx for the comment.
    i just have a very hard time dealling with deaths.exspecailly ones that r as close to me as my grandpa is.im glad that he hasnt died yet.but i fear he will soon:( but as u said we all die eventually.

  • sara says:

    I’ve been praying to God to take me and my sister away from the house we live in and to a safe place. My sister’s mother (my step mother) is a horrible person and my sister isn’t safe with her. Right now, I’m raising her COMPLETELY. Her mother has nothing to do with her. My dad always takes her side, no matter what. She lies so much and is always trying to cause problems between me and my dad. I only care about my sisetr, which is why I don’t leave this house. She’s under 1 year old and I can’t leave her in this abuse and allow her to grow up the way I did.

    I’ve asked God have mercy on her life and take us away from here and am still waiting for His answer.

  • Gabriel Wise says:

    Personally in my opinion NO, god doesn’t answer our prayers, and yes people I have prayed to “the almighty one” about prayers for my friends and family. Guess what God wants us to suffer, its payback for what we did to his “so called son”. Hope this changes your thoughts about God and the Catholic faith or any faith at
    all.
    God hates you for being you!!!!

    Gabriel (and i dont care if im to be the messenger of God)

  • Peter says:

    Hi Michael,

    My apologies for the huge delay in getting back to you. W don’t always “catch” the blog comments which are left.

    Thank you or sharing so openly about the struggles you’re facing. This is a huge area where many, many people are struggling right now, and it’s important that you know that there are a lot of resources available to help guide you through this. From your blog postings, it’s clear to me that you have a really sensitive heart, but that can also certainly leave you open to abuse from others.

    It can be really difficult to separate what others are saying to you from what God and your parents think about you.

    If you haven’t already, I would also encourage you to get hooked in with an online mentor. This is totally anonymous and very easy to do. All you need to do is click on the “Talk to a mentor” link at the top, and briefly explain what you’re struggling with. You’ll be hooked in with a mentor who can then take the time to dialogue with you. You’re not alone, and I hope you take the time to write in and dialogue further. When you write, if you like, you can ask for Peter in the Teen Community, and I expect that you would reach me quickly that way.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Peter

  • michael says:

    also im bisexual i cant come out of the closet becaue everyone at school wiill shun me and everyone already calls me gay and a retart and a gay rod and stuf and i pray to got to help me out but he doesnt it seems he doesnt answer my prayer im loseing faith in god now and i get depressed easly and im emo i cut my self sometimes and i feel that i should kill my self no one understands me i have no friends at school i got a few that live in cincinatie but thats it and when i get home i get screamed at by my dad and then i go to bed and go to school and the same thing happeds agai what should i do?

  • michael says:

    wh ydoes lfie have to suck so much for me i feel that everyone in the world hates me i try to follow jesus is foot steps and be a deciple of his but when i do it seems its wrong liek thought of my mom one day my dada gave me money to get milk at the store and i egt milk and a magizinie and i told my dad that mom would like this magizine he scareams at me and i feel i did something worng and when i do soemthign worng i apolgized for all the bad stuf i do but everyone still hates me and everyone in my school hates me and calls me gay can i get some advice or something

  • jess,

    God certainly hears every prayer, but ours is still a fallen world, and God has appointed a time certain times when we will suffer (“refined by fire” so to speak) and also a time when each of us will die. We know that everyone will eventually die; so eventually, if we are praying for physical healing, our prayer will not be answered in the way we’d like. Thankfully, our lives do not end upon death, and we will someday, at just the right time that God knows in advance, be reunited with those who have passed on before us.

    I suggest praying for your grandpa’s soul, praying that God would be near to him in his illness, that God would encourage him and you and your family during this difficult time. Pray that God will comfort him, and that God will give him the confidence that whether he is physically healed or whether he goes to be with God, that God will never leave him.

    jess, if you’d like to talk with someone privately and confidentially via email, please consider contacting an online mentor. They will reply to you personally via email. There is also an online interactive study here about prayer which you may want to explore:
    http://mag.thelife.com/study/unansweredprayer.html?section=prayeranswers

    Blessings to you jess, it was difficult for me when my grandfather passed away, but trusting in the knowledge that God is with us always in every circumstance helped.

  • jess says:

    Does God answer to every prayer?…..ive been praying for my grandpa to be well or atleast better then he is and hes is becomeing worse…..see my grandpa has cancer and idk how to do anything else but pray but it doesnt seem to work……idk if God can hear it or not…..

  • chris says:

    Here is a tough one do you believe God will answer a prayer to change one’s sex, if they strongly believed they were born in the wrong body all their life. Thanks for all repies.

  • ymlrox7 says:

    I think he TOTALLY answers our prayers. Like once i was thinking of people to pray for and (i thought of Britney)i asked God to help out Britney and help her with her kids and with everything and i saw this magazine with Britney on the cover with her kids and it said that she was finally getting back on her feet. I think what u have 2 do is have faith and believe that God will answer u. Who knows? Maybe his answer was just no and u thought he was ignoring u!!!!!

  • pilgrim says:

    First of all – I want to assure you that turning to Jesus as your
    source of hope was the best choice you could have made!

    God loves you dearly! Brennan Manning tells the story of a man named Ed Farrell, who traveled from his home in Detroit to spend a two-week vacation in Ireland to celebrate his uncle’s eightieth birthday. When the great day dawned, Ed and his uncle rose early to greet the sun. They walked along the shores of Lake Killarney, loving the emerald green grass and crystal blue waters. For twenty minutes they watched the scene together in silence. Then the uncle began to do an unusual thing for an eighty-year-old man: He began to skip along the shore of the lake, smiling like a schoolboy in love. Ed was puffing hard as he tried to catch up with him.
    “Uncle Seamus, you look very happy. Do you want to tell me
    why?”
    “Yes,” said the old man, tears streaming down his face. “You see, the Father is very fond of me. Ah my Father is so very fond of me.”

    Max Lucado writes the following: “If God had a refrigerator, your
    picture would be on it. If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.
    Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. And the Christmas gift he sent you in Bethlehem? Face it, friend. He’s crazy about you.”

    I hope you will take a moment and savour just how much God loves you:
    * You are a princess daughter to the King of the Universe and He loves you more than words can express (1 Peter 2: 10)
    * Psalm 42:8 “Day by day the Lord also pours out his steadfast love upon me (and you!)
    * Jeremiah 29:11 ” I know the plans I have for you, declares the
    Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
    * Psalm 34: 18 ” The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
    * Matt 11: 28 ” Come to me , all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

    It is so important for you to know and recognize how deep and broad
    God’s love for you is. Not only has God forgiven your sins but He has removed any guilt and shame from your life and given you the gift of heavan and the power of His Holy Spirit to live.

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt -and best friend.
    Death is hard and it leaves us feeling alone and lonely. I lost my
    mother about a year ago and I still miss her very much. Its important for you to know that you are grieving though – and that explains some of the confusion you are feeling. Again turning to Jesus in the midst of your questions is the best comfort I know of. God loves you so much that He aches with you over the loss of your aunt -and He is waiting with His arms of comfort to enfold you and love you.

    God loves you and wants you to experience His peace and His presence – the comfort of the relationship that you spoke of. We are not by nature at peace with God – because our sin causes us to live as if God were not important. By ourselves we can’t find our way to God – but God loves us and makes a way for us to be right with HIm – He sent His son Jesus to live on earth and then to die so that our sins could be paid for – and to rise again to give us victory over confusion and death and life’s ugly circumstances. God invites you to be part of His
    family. All you need to do is:
    * admit that you need God
    * confess your sin and be willing to let God show you betterways
    * believe that Jesus died for you on the cross – and rose again to give you victory
    * receive the gift of God’s love and forgiveness -receive Jesus as your saviour -and know that he will come and live in your heart if you ask him.

    Here is a prayer for you to pray: Dear Lord Jesus: I know that I am a sinner. I believe you died and rose again for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and ask you to come into my heart and life. I recieve you as my personal Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

    If you pray this prayer you can be assured that you are saved; you
    have eternal life and you have God’s presence in your life to help you.

    If you pray this prayer I want to encourage you to tell someone about your decision – someone who can help you in your spiritual life – I would love to hear back from you! I would also encourage you to read and study God’s word and to pray to God to seek wisdom and comfort.

    Prayer is God’s invitation to talk to him about everything in our world – the happy; the sad; the big things; the small things. James 15: 16 says – When a believing person prays great things happen. I want to encourage you to pray –

    When we pray – we should do these things:
    * Identify the problem/concern/request we have. And in doing so we clarify in our own minds what is needed
    * Present it to Jesus. We know He’s happy to help; and that He’s always listening.
    * Do what he says – No matter how illogical it sounds .
    * Trust in Him – Just trust. Not direct. Or question. Or yank the steering wheel out of his hands. Our job is to pray and wait. Nothing more is necessary. Nothing more is needed. “He is my defender; I will not be defeated” (Ps. 62:6).
    * Know that God is true to us even when we forget him. God’s blessings are dispensed according to the riches of his grace, not according to the depth of our faith. “If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful, because he cannot be false to himself” (2 Tim. 2:13). This is why He continues to give good gifts even when we don’t pray – because He loves us and is gracious to us.

    I would encourage you to continue to grow in your faith by doing some ot the following things:
    * continue to pray even if you don’t fully understand it – The
    bible tells us to “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thes 5: 17-18)
    God invites us to talk to Him about our needs; the needs of others; in praise and thanksgiving and in confession when we need to get our hearts right with God. Here are some prayers in the bible:
    for blessings 1 Chronicles 4:10
    to express thanks to God Psalm 52:9
    for direction Psalm 143:8
    in praise Psalm 145: 1-2
    for daily needs Matthew 6:11
    for everything Philippians 4: 6-7
    for anything 1 John 5:14

    * the bible is our source for life!! I would encourage you to start reading in the new testament – maybe with Luke or John – and stick with it. Start to act on the things that you understand – and feel free to write with any questions!

    * build friendships with other committed Christians. You can do this online using the sites listed below and I would also encourage you to join a church community where you can celebrate the love and friendship of other christians. You might check the universtiy where you are studying for a chapter of InterVarsity – they would be able to help you and encourage you.

    * here are some internet sources to help you:
    * I would encourage you to work through the study Knowing Jesus

    Personally, which is located on thelife.com:
    http://thelife.com/study/knowjesuspersonally.html
    If you would like to do this study with me – just write in answer to
    question 1 that you want Lynn Gergens to be your study coach

    * I would like to encourage you to connect with other believers.One way that you can do this online is to visit: http://www.thelife.com
    http://www.christianwomentoday.com
    There are many good articles, encouraging life stories as well as
    opportunities to interact through a discussion board and a chat room.

    * The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to learn moreabout the Christian faith in a relaxed small group setting. To locate a course close to you.
    http://www.alpha.org/

    I will continue to pray for you –
    Dear Jesus – please help this young woman who is hurting and grieving the loss of her aunt. Come into her heart right now and give her peace – and help her to experience the joy of having a personal relationship with you. Guard her heart from despair and loneliness – send her Christian friends who will love her and help her. Give her the assurance of your salvation. In Jesus name, Amen.

  • Struggling says:

    So, I stumbled across your page in a last minute search for some
    sort of encouraging hope. I’m only 19, I’m a college student, things are meant to be stressful and complicated, I realize that, but recently I lost an aunt that I was close to, a best friend is a better way to say it, and things have been going wrong for the past two years I’ve been at my university, today I broke down, I realized that I needed more in my life, something more fulfilling that what I have, because obviously something’s not working for me, I started to wonder if God was sending me signs that maybe I wasn’t meant to be at the school I was at considering I kept making
    irresponsible mistakes and losing my aunt and getting sick, things have been a mess, I grew up in the church, but I’ve never felt that personal relationship with God that everyone describes, I guess now in my time of need I was searching for that, for that close relationship that’s going to help me understand God, help me understand why the things in my life are happening me…

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