"Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
When we read about God answering prayers in heart-thumping fashion, we want to experience the same kind of thing. Many times we want to feel the ground shake at the sound of God's voice, because if it did, then we would know for certain that God has answered us.
But when that doesn't happen; when God doesn't answer us the way we want or when we want, how often do we convince ourselves that God must not be listening?
The problem, though, isn't that God doesn't hear us. The problem is with our own perspective on his answers.
Don't assume that because God's voice isn't booming down from heaven that he doesn't hear and respond to your prayers.
If you are praying for something right now, don't be disappointed if you don't get the answer you want, when you want it. Instead, trust that God, who knows the desires of your heart and the needs in your life, hears you when you call out to him. And trust that he has your best in mind whenever, wherever and however he answers you.
A Prayer for Today
Dear God, Sometimes when I pray I convince myself of the best answer for that prayer. Help me instead to trust your answer, your timing and your ways. Help me to realize that your answer to my prayer will always be better than my answer. In Christ's name I pray, Amen.