June 15, 2021

The Answer's on the Way

Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.
Psalm 66:20
Charles Spurgeon once said that "the answers to our prayers are always on the way while we are asking." This seems to me to be a very important point. There are times when the answer to a prayer is made known to us before we even get to the Amen. But this is rare. More often, the answer is known in days or weeks—sometimes months or years. But we must remember that through our elder brother Jesus, we are God's children, and God will never reject our prayers or remove the embrace of love from our lives.

This doesn't guarantee that everything will go as we would like. It doesn't mean that God's answer will come in the form we had imagined at the time of our prayer. This is because we are not God; we do not know what is ultimately best for us and for the world. When the answer is delayed, we should wait for God. When the answer isn't necessarily what we hoped for in the flesh, let us not lose faith, but pray that our will and God's will will become one.

But most important of all, let us never cease praying. And, even as we pray, let us give thanks that the answer is already on its way.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.
 Colossians 4:2
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O Lord, hear our prayers, 
not according to the poverty of our asking, 
but according to the richness of your grace, 
so that our lives may conform 
to those desires which accord with your will.
 Reinhold Niebuhr
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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