At the beginning of our need or our want, we ask God for our situation. From that moment on, the seed of the word of our prayer has been sown and planted. First, we believe, then have faith, then trust, and then give thanks. Then we have expectation!!
An older gentleman had been a Christian for years. He had that scripture, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved and your household also.” He had a grandson, who he cherished and loved and meant the world to him. In school, the grandson got hooked on drugs, and more than that, became a drug pusher and just disappeared. The old fella had difficulty because he never understood that second part to that scripture, “and your household also.” Anyway, the grandson disappeared, and he said all he could do was just thank God for him. Before the old man died, he heard someone had seen his grandson in another city, sitting in the front row of a church with a big Bible! From that, that scripture became true to him – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved… and your household also.” This man had believed the seed had been planted and he watered the seed of his prayer simply by Praising & Thanking God for His grandson.
In the Bible, there is the story of Lazarus and it goes like this – Jesus had three friends, Mary and Martha and his buddy Lazarus. They were a good family to Him. When Jesus was away at a distance, He heard that His good friend Lazarus was sick. So Jesus’ disciples told Him they should go back to him so He could heal him. But that did not happen. The next thing they heard was that Lazarus had died! Now the sisters were crying because they were asking for Jesus to come but He never came! He kept putting it off! Finally, Jesus came up to the town and Lazarus was dead and buried in the tomb. Jesus was crying with them because he so felt for his friends. Then the sisters told Him, only if He would have come sooner, Lazarus would not have died! And Jesus said, “He is not dead – he sleeps.” They said, “No, four days dead – he stinks by now!” So here we see what Jesus did. He gave thanks to God the Father to raise him from the dead and He shouted to Lazarus, and Lazarus came out alive!
Giving thanks, with expectation, is the key in having answered prayers.
The waiting time is a trial of our faith and our trust and our expectation to grow!! We may have a drug addiction or some other addiction we have been fighting with for years, we might have lost our jobs, have a lack in finances, or we might have a loved one with bad news of cancer from the doctor. The key to all this, is not to beg God, but just to believe His promises. We say to Him, You said – “By Your stripes I am healed.” You said – “No weapon formed against me will prosper.” You said – “You shall provide all my needs according to Your riches.” There is no need for begging; we know that by Thanking & Praising God we are watering that seed, EXPECTING His promises to be fulfilled!
Jesus is always standing at the door of our hearts knocking. The only effort we have to do on our part is to Open the Door and let Him in! Enjoy!! Then His Holy Spirit will be our guide and comforter. Remember, God loves you very, very much!!