Does it surprise you when God answers your prayers?
It shouldn’t. God has given us so many promises in
scripture regarding our prayers that it should not come
as a shock to us when we witness God do something that
we have asked Him to do. Answered prayer is supposed
to be the rule of the Christian life, not the exception, yet
many Christians struggle to believe that God will answer
Thankfully, we serve a gracious and a merciful God Who
wants our faith to grow. One of the ways that God helps
us overcome our doubt is by answering our prayers.
When we pray in faith, and God answers, that encourages
us to have faith more often and about more things.
Through that cycle of praying and seeing answers to prayer,
our faith grows.
In Acts 12, we find a story that wonderfully illustrates this truth.
The early church was facing a crisis of persecution. Peter was
in prison and was in danger of being executed. So the church
did the right thing; they called a prayer meeting. God heard their
prayers, and miraculously answered, but at first, they didn’t believe
it had really happened.
From this story, we learn that when we face times of crisis in our
personal lives, in our families, or in our church, we must go to the
Lord in prayer. We must ask in faith, and when God answers, we
should not be surprised. We serve a God who delights in answering
our prayers so that our faith in Him will grow.