Power of Prayer | Day Four

By: Callie Clayton

There is a common misperception that God isn’t listening when He doesn’t answer a prayer in the specific way we would like Him to. We believe that if God is listening, then He is cruel to not give us the thing we have asked for. But the passage we’re going to look at today tells us otherwise. Let’s check it out!

Read 1 John 5:14.

 

Write out this verse in your own words.

 

According to this verse, we can be confident that God hears us if we ask for anything that aligns with what?

 

What specific things are you praying for right now?

 

Has God answered any of those yet? If yes, how so?

 

There have been situations in my own life where in the moment God did not answer my prayers in the way I wanted. However, as time passed I see that He did answer, and His way was even better than mine!

 

Can you think back on a time in your life when you felt like God did not answer your prayer, but now you see that He did?

 

Circle the three ways God responds to our prayers:

 

Yes                 No                  Wait              I’m Too Busy          You want what?!

 

How would each of these three responses be God’s will?

 

Yes-

 

No-

 

Wait-

 

We have great confidence that if we talk to God and ask Him to show up in our life that He will hear us! But we have to keep in mind that God will only respond in the way we want if it lines up with His will.

 

Check out Isaiah 55:8-9.

 

How do these verses encourage you to be confident in God’s responses to the things you ask of Him?

 

This lesson can be difficult for us. When God answers “No” or even “Wait”, we can be confused and discouraged. However, we can still trust that God’s way is the best way. He sees and knows more than you and I can. We can confidently approach God with our requests and desires. We can rejoice in the fact that God is not going to lead us astray and when He answers “Yes”, we are aligned with His will. But when His answer is different than what we want, we know that His plan is different than ours, and that’s not a bad thing!

 

Thank God for hearing you and wanting what’s best for you. Ask Him to give you clarity and the strength to trust Him with everything. Spend some time listening for God’s response to the requests and questions you ask Him.