Have you ever asked God for something very specific. Maybe you really sincerely, earnestly, fervently prayed in a way you thought was according to His will, and yet He still didn’t give you what you asked for? A wise man once said something like this: Perhaps the problem is not that God is not answering, but that we are not asking. For instance: When was the last time you actually prayed for God to give you food to eat? Nearly all of us give thanks before a meal, but can you remember a time when you literally had no money and no food, and you actually had to ask God to give you something to eat?Last week in our men’s Bible study, one father shared how he arrived home after a trip with not a single dollar. His daughter said “Daddy, I am hungry” He had no alternative but to say “I am hungry too.” They prayed together about it as a family, and decided to go to the bank and see if there were perhaps a bit of money there, but alas, it was as empty as his wallet. They went back to their rented room with hunger and a bit of embarrassment. They are the only Christians in the small building, and they didn’t want to admit to anyone else or let anyone else see that God had not provided. The man began to shed tears as he recounted what happened next: As they continued to pray, the office where he was he was scheduled to work the next week called and told him they were going to spontaneously and unexpectedly give him a 50% advance on his pay.
Yesterday another new Christian, Juan (not his real name) shared with me that they were recently entirely without food. Juan had no money to buy anything, let alone to pay for a taxi to come to church, but they borrowed a motorcycle and came anyway. After the service they were praying about what to do when Juan got a call. He was told “The airport cargo office is open today for a large, special shipment, (which is not normal on a Sunday) but only for 15 more minutes, and you have a box waiting there.” He raced there only for the cargo handler to ask for a copy of his ID (very typical here in Peru). Juan did not even have the 6 cents to make a photo copy, so he told the man that he could not go make a copy, but that he really needed the box because it contained food, and his family was hungry. Amazingly, God worked, and the box was released to them. A few hours later Juan received an unexpected gift of about $17 in His bank account.
How have you seen God answer your prayers recently?