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Minister's column: Yes, your prayers have been answered

Minister's column: Yes, your prayers have been answered

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… but not always in the way or at the time we expect!

Jesus said, “You fathers ... if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or, if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So, if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:11-13)

Yes, God answers our every prayer; but not always in the way or at the time we expect!

Rick Warren has said that God always answers our prayers, but He does so in four possible ways: “NO, SLOW, GROW, and GO!”

When we ask for something hurtful or unhelpful, God, who knows what’s best for us, will answer “NO,” just like parents who say “NO” to their kids for a hundred good reasons, often without explanation.

When it is not the right time, God answers “SLOW.” There is a big difference between DELAY and DENIAL. Please remember that “NO” and “NOT YET” are not the same thing. “God makes everything beautiful in His time!”

When things are not right or ready in you, God answers “GROW!” God wants to do something in your life before it is appropriate to answer your prayer, because you are not yet ready.

Then, when your request is right, the timing is right, and you are right, God, in His love and wisdom, says “GO!”

God, infinitely more so, even than a loving parent, will never give you anything that will harm you.

Be encouraged: God is always ready to answer your prayers — in His perfect time and way!

Be Blessed to Be a Blessing.

The Rev. Pastor Les Green is the pastor at Forest City United Methodist Church.


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