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1 John 5:14-15   “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

What is it you have been asking for?  Are you wanting a child to come back to Him, are you praying for your marriage, are you praying for God to use you to bring someone to Him or maybe you are praying for God to bring someone else along to lead a close friend or relative to Him, maybe it’s your finances, a new job, maybe you need a godly mentor, maybe your desire is to have a child?  You fill in the blank.

Have you lost the confidence that God will ever answer that prayer?  Is your heart aching because of the hopelessness you feel inside?  If you are praying within the will of God, in other words you are not praying for the bad influences in someones life to die or you are not praying that God will help you with a “get rich quick” scheme where someone could get hurt but You are truly seeking the will of God in a situation and you know in your heart what you are asking is in line with scripture then it is time to go with confidence that God will bring it to pass.  He can fix that messed up marriage if you are both and I truly mean both are willing to work at it (unfortunately there are times that for lack of willingness of 1 person to do what God is trying to do in them, the sin and lack of repentance in one persons life can, doesn’t always have to but can,make it impossible to work out for safety sake)  God will bring that child you raised up to serve Him back.  He can give you a child or a job or a spouse.  If it doesn’t happen today, don’t give up but keep on believing for that answer.

God’s timing doesn’t always seem to fit ours, boy have I seen that over and over, I wanted my child back immediately and it took years but you should see her now!  What a godly woman! Our ways are not His ways either; how many times have you thought for sure God would answer your prayer one way and He brought it all about in a totally different way?  Maybe you want a child and He is trying to tell you there are some very needy children out there that He loves so much He wishes for you to take one of them before He gives you one of your own.  Maybe you are looking for a job and there is one available but it isn’t what you are looking for, it would temporarily provide but you aren’t crazy about the idea; maybe there is something in this job that is going to prepare for a job beyond your wildest dreams and this is God’s shortcut to get you the better job instead of needing schooling or years of learning what you need another way.

Please, don’t underestimate what God is doing in your life and the lives of those you love!  His heart is in the right place – is yours?  Are you seeking Him and His will with your whole heart?  Are you still walking with Him and setting the example for those around you?  Yes?  Then take heart today:  God loves your children too and wants them back more than you do, your marriage working out is a priority to Him too, getting you a job so you can help provide not only for your family but for the needs of others is important to Him too!  Examine your heart today, ask God to show you if anything is out of line and then continue to pray but now also go with confidence knowing the God of the Universe Hears You and wants to bring it to pass.  (Don’t count on that Corvette dropping out of nowhere into your driveway today, not that God isn’t capable, but let’s stick with praying within His will and work for the Corvette.)  The best is yet to come!

Quote:  “Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.”  William Arthur Ward

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Janet Scott is an author, speaker and certified life coach. Janet loves to encourage women in their daily walk with the Lord.

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