God’s timetable

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Mark 11: 24

“There­fore I say to you, what­ever things you ask when you pray, be­lieve that you re­ceive them, and you will have them.”

A few years ago, in de­spair over a set of cir­cum­stances, I cried out to the Lord in prayer. It was my hope and wish that my prayer would be heard and an­swered in­stantly.

My prayer was about some­one’s be­hav­iour that I re­ally hoped could be changed for the bet­ter. As is the norm af­ter you have tried out all the known reme­dies to solve a prob­lem, it’s nat­u­ral to go back to the source and be­gin­ning of ev­ery­thing, God.

So in de­spair, hav­ing tried all the tricks at my dis­posal, I turned to the Lord in prayer. To my dis­ap­point­ment the prayer was not an­swered, if any­thing the be­hav­iour be­came worse. I did not think much of it af­ter that, the years went by, many years at that. The per­son con­tin­ued to be a thorn in my flesh. Years later, one day as I was in­ter­act­ing with this per­son I no­ticed a marked shift in their at­ti­tude and dis­course, I tried to ig­nore it, think­ing they were just hav­ing a good day.

Over the next few months, I no­ticed a dis­tinct change in the per­son’s at­ti­tude and be­hav­iour. At that point it sud­denly be­came clear to me that my prayer of many years ago had been an­swered. This per­son had be­come a new cre­ation over time, the power of prayer had trans­formed them.

We some­times pray and as the years go by and things stay the same or even get worse, we think the Lord has for­got­ten us. We tend to get tired and we be­come an­gry with the Lord.

The truth, how­ever, is that He hears our prayers, de­cides on the course of ac­tion and then en­sures that the prayer is an­swered. We want the an­swers im­me­di­ately but He re­sponds through a set of events that play out and fit into the over­all plan for your life.

Are you ex­hausted and you don’t know where to turn to? Do you feel like He has for­got­ten about you and your re­quests? Don’t tire. Pa­tiently wait on Him, like a thief that comes in the night your prayer re­quests will sneak up on you, wrapped and pack­aged in a man­ner you did not an­tic­i­pate, but an­swered nev­er­the­less.

My prayer took years to be an­swered be­cause He knew the best way to de­liver my re­quest in a man­ner that would also change my char­ac­ter and per­spec­tive .The prayer not only changed the other party, God also changed me and how I see and re­ceive things.

Prayer works, just be pa­tient in your faith and be­fore you know it the re­sults will catch you by sur­prise, sent and de­liv­ered from above, just for you.

Be blessed

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