How does the Lord answer our prayers?

Written by M. Larson

answeredprayersMy husband has been diligently praying for the same things for years, yet he has received no answer that he knows of. He is a man after God’s heart, but he is getting very discouraged. How does the Lord answer our prayers? How do you know it’s truly from the Lord and not from “you”? I try and encourage him, but find lately that I myself am not at peace either. We are committed in our work and pray to the Lord each morning. Is it wrong to ask God for confirmation like Gideon did (Judges 6)?

Advice: Some people such as missionary candidates do ask God for some confirmation. But I think that in most things concerning our prayers we just have to implicitly trust the Lord to do what is best. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God, and he will direct your paths.”

Sometimes it takes years for us to see the answers to a prayer. After I had my first child, I prayed for another for many years. During that time I miscarried a baby but the Lord gave me perfect peace. Finally when my first child was 18, I got my second child. And now I can see how that was in God’s plan.

When we pray for loved ones to come to Christ, we can pray for God to work in their lives toward that end. But there is another factor involved here: God gave us all free wills, and many people will reject God’s overtures again and again. But we can keep on praying for them!

Satan is the discourager, so we are wise if we do not give in to discouragement. Let’s just trust in the Lord and leave the outcomes of our prayers to Him. “Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, with prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God that passes all understanding will your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6).

In His love, Dr. Muriel

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