When is God's time? This is a question that lingers in my thoughts after hearing that expression over the years. "It just wasn't God's time." "It must have been God's timing, He answers us when He's ready, not when you are." This is a couple of different ways you have heard this expressed by others. I've used these explanations when working with drinkers and drug addicts. We all want the answers to life's problems, so we turn to God, expecting a quick response. "O God, I will wait patiently for Your answer, please get it to me before the end of the day." You get the picture.
"Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen"....... Hebrews 11:1 (HSB)
Using the reason of God's timing makes "unanswered prayer" understandible to the one who has a petition to Him. Making the decision to go to prayer, and presenting our needs, is an act of faith. Kneeling before God in prayer is an act of faith. Verbal expression to God is an act of faith. And that seems to be where our faith often ends. We then return to hope, we hope He will hear and answer, instead of receiving the answer in faith. Now we act, now we believe he exists, now we must believe He hears us, and answers us. Faith is NOW. Where we often fall short in receiving our requests in faith is that we are unsure if God wants us to have what we ask for. Is it really His will?
"Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And if we know He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we have asked of Him."
1 John 5:14-15
How do we know His will? We have His Word to guide our prayers. If prayer agrees with what is written, we are in His will, and can ask in faith, receiving NOW, what we ask. There are things we ask for that go away from the boundaries of scriture, like, "I've asked God for a new car, " but you don't have means to pay for it. Or, "I think she would make a great wife, so I asked God to give her to me." Now, thinking and praying in this manner is nothing less than presumption and folly. But in asking for daily bread, or to be centered in Him, or for God's hand of protection over our lives, these are in line with His Word and will. We can be confident.
In the book of Daniel, Daniel prayed for God's intervention in chapter 9. As he was in prayer, Gabriel, the angel was there with the answer. God's time was that very moment he prayed. But in chapter 10, Daniel fasted and prayed, and it took 24 days to get the answer. The reason was not because of God's time, but Gabriel told Daniel that the "prince of Persia," an evil spirit, withstood him through that duration. Michael, the arch-angel came and cleared the way for Gabriel to give Daniel the answer. The answer to Daniel's prayer was sent immediately,God's time was the moment he prayed. This is so important for us to see. Ask God in faith NOW! Receive your request by faith NOW! Faith is always right this second. If you've asked according to His Word, and the answer doesn't seem to come, take a look inside yourself. Do I have unforgiveness towards others? That's a answer killer. Am I living a lie, living in open sin? These can hinder your prayer, and your relationships to God and man. If that is not an issue, then you know the problem is in the spiritual realm, hindered by the devil. Now you know the direction to take...we'll talk about that later. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.