You have been praying for a breakthrough, for a healing, for an open door, for freedom, for a loved one to come to Christ, for a blessing and yet day after day, month after month, year after year you remain empty-handed.
And if He does hear then if He truly cares.
If He has really seen your tears, understood the deep desire within your heart, and heard your cries… wouldn’t He have answered by now?
It’s a question that plagues many of our minds when we find ourselves standing in front of a closed door, still stuck in the same place, and still praying the same prayer we prayed for the past few years.
And when we lose glimpse of hope because the answer never comes we are left with one more question to ask: is it time to stop praying?
Is it time to give up?
What’s the point of spending our life hoping and praying for something that may never come?
Is there a time to put our hands down and stop praying?
Before you pray there are a few questions you need to ask yourself, the first and most important one being “is this part of God’s will?”
There are things God promises to us in the Bible and we can claim those promises by faith.
Promises of taking care of us, providing for us, and freeing us from bondage and sin.
We can stand on His Word and know that we can always pray for God to care for us whether it’s by providing a new job or by bringing someone we love to know Him as his or her personal savior.
But then there are things we pray for which are never promised.
Things like having a baby, a spouse, or a healing.
Each one of these are blessing in people’s lives, but not everyone receives these blessings.
Take for example Abraham and Hannah.
They were both praying for a son and they both got one.
But Abraham was promised one and Hannah wasn’t.
Abraham knew for a fact that God would answer his prayer, but Hannah didn’t.
Either way God answered them because they had faith in Him but it took a really long time for that answer to come in Hannah’s life.
In the same way, whether you are praying for an answer based on God’s promises in His Word like Abraham or praying based on God’s providence and graciousness to give to His children like Hannah you can keep on praying in hope knowing that either way He hears.
His answers don’t always come right away and sometimes even when they do they don’t come in the way we expect them to, but regardless, we can keep on praying and hoping until the very end.
If you don’t get what you are praying for today, tomorrow, or next year don’t be discouraged.
Pray the first time, and if God doesn’t answer you pray a second time, and a third time, and hundredth time if that’s how long it takes.
Be like the persistent friend who keeps on knocking on the door at night until someone opens it .(Luke 11:5-10)
Be like the persistent man who kept on waiting by the pool of Bethesda for his healing to come year after year. (John 5:1-9)
Be like the persistent widow who kept coming to court for justice until she received it. (Luke 18:1-8)
It delights God when we keep on asking Him even when His answer continues to be “No” because it’s a continual show of faith that we trust in His timing and that we won’t give up our hope in the God who sees, who hears, and who always provides.
And as you pray remember to always finish like Jesus did: “Not as I will, but may Your will be done” (Matthew 26:39).
God always know what’s best for us.
Sometimes it’s to answer the prayer right away.
Sometimes it’s to say “no” for a period of time and keep you waiting so you can build your faith in Him.
Sometimes it’s to keep your prayer unanswered in the way you desire because His plans for you are different than your own.
Regardless of what you are praying for today, never stop.
God hears the prayers of the righteous. (Psalm 34:17)
If it’s His will for you and you keep knocking day after day that door just might open for you soon.
Be blessed and never stop praying in faith! -Anna… ♥
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”- Luke 11:9-10
SIDENOTE: This was a question I received from one of my lovely readers a few months ago that I responded to in private but I also thought it might be helpful to share my answer on here. I just want to let you know that if there is ever any questions you have about your walk with Christ or anything at all you can email me or ask anonymously and I will make sure to answer your questions either on email, on the website, or on this blog. I would love to answer your questions or pray for you if you have any needs. Please feel free to contact me anytime. 🙂 Be blessed!
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