Today's reading

Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. –Isaiah 65:24 ESV

September 20, 2019

Yes, No, Not Now

Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. –Isaiah 65:24 ESV

We know God promises in His Word that He hears our prayers. We also have our expectations about how our prayers should be answered. Prayer isn’t about our will. It is about trusting in the fulfillment of God’s will. Every day there are worries that we need to bring before the Lord. It could be an illness, sick family member, loneliness, or unsure of what direction to go with school or a job. Living in this world brings circumstances and worries to pray about. We can trust God will answer, but according to His will, not ours. The answer could be yes or no or not now, but we have to trust. We don’t see the whole picture—He does. There are times we just don’t understand the waiting. We may not even see the answer to our prayer while we are here on earth. The power of prayer can be an unknown. We either embrace it by faith or not. God is never silent—He is always working. God’s timetable requires faith and courage. We may never understand why God allows certain struggles and heartache until we enter eternity, but until that time, God is always with us.

prayer focuses

Lord, help me to trust You, even when I don’t understand.

Thank You that You hold me in Your loving hands through the difficult times.


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Rosemary Valentino

Rosemary has been a Christian for forty years and loves the Lord. She is blessed with a loving husband, two children and five grandchildren. She is humbled to be able to write devotions and share God's word. She gives Him all the glory.