What can you do in those instances when you know you have prayed for something within God’s will – and yet the answer to your prayer seems to be SILENCE? You petition the Father in faith, yet his response is nothing.
Don’t be so sure that God’s silence is His final answer or that it is a “sign” for you to stop asking. If you have done everything right and have made your petition in faith, consider His silence as an invitation to approach Him and talk over the matter a little more. It may be that God wants to see if you are willing to persist in your request and pursue a definitive answer. “I am the Lord, and I created the whole world. Ask me, and I will tell you things that you don’t know and can’t find out.” (ref,Jeremiah 33), And shall not God execute vengeance for His elect, who cry out to Him day and night, and patiently watch over them? (ref,Luke 18)
Don’t give up until God answers you one way or another. When he does respond it will be one of three answers: Yes, No and Wait.
Of course, the answer all of us usually want from God regarding our requests is a big YES!
Solomon, as a young and inexperienced King of Israel, asked God for something he knew he greatly lacked – wisdom. God responded not only with a loud YES, but gave him far more than he could have dared to ask.
The early church, after Peter was arrested by Herod, offered up fervent prayers for him. What they received from God was nothing short of miraculous. God personally sent one of his angels to free Peter of his chains and escort him out of the prison in which he was held (ref,Acts 12)!
Like it or not, sometimes God’s answer to our request is a flat NO. Many times He does not give us what we want because we ask for something to fulfill our own selfish desires and lusts.
Then you ask, and you do not receive, because you ask with evil motives, that you may consume it on your own lusts. (ref,James 4*3)
Moses, even though he wanted to enter the promised land with the rest of Israelites, was kept from doing so by God because of his sin. He was only allowed to view Canaan from a distance before he died (ref,Numbers 20*12).
Even Jesus, the son of God, was told NO when he asked that “the cup” of becoming sin for us be taken from him (ref,Matthew 26, see also Matthew 20*22-23).
Having to wait and exercise patience is not easy, especially in a society that expects instant gratification. Yet the character to wait patiently and endure is something God wants in us (ref,Romans 5*1-5).
I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. (ref,Psalm 40*1)
In the final believers can be confident that their prayers to God do reach Him for his loving consideration.
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we may ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him (ref,1John 5*14-15)
When Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven” He was not speaking empty words. He had the power to forgive sin. In fact, Jesus used the physical healing to confirm His authority to dispense spiritual healing: “‘I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’ So He said to the paralyzed man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God” (ref,Luke 5*24–25).
Turning to the Old Testament, we find other people whose sins were forgiven before Jesus died on the cross. David prayed for forgiveness (ref,Psalm 51*2) and received it. “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven” (ref,Psalm 32*1). As he touched Isaiah with a coal from the altar, an angel declared the prophet’s forgiveness: “Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (ref,Isaiah 6*7).
The principle found all through the Bible is that forgiveness is God’s business. “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness” (ref,Daniel 9*9). When Jesus displayed His power to forgive sins, He clearly showed that He was the Son of God wielding God’s authority in this world. “Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Forgiveness of sin in every dispensation has always been based on Jesus’ death on the cross (ref, Hebrews 9*15). In the Old Testament, sins were forgiven on the basis of Jesus’ death on the cross, of which the animal sacrifices were but a foreshadowing. During the life of Christ, sins were forgiven on the basis of His yet-future death on the cross—the benefits of that sacrifice were granted to those who had faith in Jesus. Now, by faith, we look back on the death and resurrection of Christ and receive God’s forgiveness. The good news is as Paul preached, “My friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you”. When we trust Christ, the word to us is the same as that spoken to the forgiven woman in Simon’s house: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (ref,Luke 7*50).
you too today believe that faith you have in Jesus Christ has saved you, Now is time to start afresh and move forward, with Christ.
When we realize that we are truly incapable of controlling life, we can surrender our will to God’s will. It may be a matter of finally saying we trust Him. This will open the door so that we may experience the fullness of all God’s will and His plan He has for us. After all, He is our Creator and our protector, our Father and He has a perfect plan of us when we surrender our will and let Him orchestrate our lives to reach His plan and will through us.
Be not moved and know that I am God, How can we know it’s God?
“…and know that I am God” denotes recognition, acknowledgement, and answering God. First, we must know that God is God, the one and only Supreme Being who created all the heavens and earth (ref,Genesis 1*1).
We can know Him by having an intimate relationship with Him. That does not come from knowing about Him, but rather getting to personally know Him by what He says He is (in His Holy Word, the Bible), recognizing the things He does in our lives, and by way of His Holy Spirit who comes to guide and comfort us. In John 14*26, Jesus says “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.
When we read the Bible, we will learn to recognize the way God talks to us, the kinds of things He says, and the merciful love He offers.
Our God is……
> Omniscient – all knowing
> Omnipresent – universal presence at the same time
> Omnipotent – all powerful
> Holy- Faithful, and Sovereign
> Infinite – without measure, forever
Be still and know that I am God.