There are times in our lives when we like Hannah desire something so much from the Lord that we fall into deep anguish and bitter tears. For with Hannah, the bible reports that the Lord did not give her any children (1 Samuel 1:5 NIV). The question that we ask is, why did the Lord withhold this blessing? Jesus provides a clue to this question and similar ones in the 9TH chapter of the gospel of John. One man was born blind and his disciples inquired who was at fault, his mother or father. Jesus reported that neither were at fault but that the power of God could be shown through him. For he must do the works of the Lord while it is day. Bless God!
As for prayer, always remember that when you pray to the Lord, your request (petition, desire, etc.) needs to be in agreement with God’s will. What’s God’s will? His word (covenant, promise, love) desire for your life. For his revealed will can and will be found in the Holy Bible. If for some reason you are unable to locate this, you should do what James the Divine reported in his book to the church. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. (James 1:5-8 NLT). You can insert will for the word “wisdom” in your request to know the Lord’s will for your life. But ask or inquire in faith.
Next, do an honest inventory of yourself. Do you really have the faith to believe whatever you are asking for from the Lord? For faith in God is like currency in our natural world. Faith is the spiritual currency that secures requests, desires, and petitions in the spiritual world before they materialize in the natural world. This can be done in the reverse. For as the apostle Paul writes in his letter to Timothy, God does not give us the spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7). Many people speak about fear, fear of death, disease, hurt or harm for themselves or others. They speak and act upon this fear which in effect works as faith in the reverse form and manifests itself in this natural world to their detriment. For the evil one (devil) needs faith to operate in your life. He needs an opening to harm you especially if you are a child of God. But I digress. Let’s go back to the matter at hand. For there are many prayers that have been submitted to God that go unanswered. In many of these cases, the individual praying really doesn’t believe in their heart (spirit) that their requests will be met. They have either come to God out of obligation, desperation, fear or doubt.
For when you pray you must first believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him (Hebrews 11:6 NLT). You must also examine your relationship with the Lord. For our standing with God is paramount to whether our prayer will be answered. The bible reports such an example with the children of Israel. For in the book of Joshua, the nation of Israel tried to defeat one of their enemies but 3000 of their fighters were soundly defeated because the Lord did not fight with them due to sin being present. After the leaders inquired of the Lord and the sin and the sinner were removed he worked on their behalf (Joshua 7 NLT). So before you pray ask for the Lord to forgive you of all of your sins and forgive those who have sinned against you.
If all of these conditions have been met and you still have not received your request, you have now entered the fight of faith. For as Solomon (Third King of Israel) reported, “there is a time and a season for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1). For as with Hannah after we have done what we can do in the natural (human ability and actions), we must now wait (serve) on the Lord. This period (time & season) is daunting. Because we don’t know how long it will last. It could take less than a year as was the case with Hannah after she prayed. Or it could take as long as 20 years (Genesis 25:21-26 NLT). If you choose to hold on, stand in faith, and open your mind to the endless possibilities of how he will answer your requests. For many times, the Lord will answer requests that are made via prayer but it may be in a way that you have not expected.
Well, until we meet again. I pray that The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.