The trials we go through are on God’s radar. Nothing gets past him. Cindi McMenamin shares some sharp insight below and on the show.
Why Pray if it Feels Like God Isn’t There?
By Cindi McMenamin, Author of When God Sees Your Tears
Do you know what it’s like to ask God for something and to keep waiting for an answer? It’s difficult to imagine how God can have a purpose or happy ending to our life’s story when we’re right in the middle of longing for something more or missing something we once had. But God sees our story from beginning to end and He knows exactly what He is preparing us for even if we can’t imagine He’s doing anything on our behalf.
As I wrote my book, When God Sees Your Tears, I was encouraged by the story of Hannah in the Bible who wanted a baby so badly she offered to give him back to God if He would just give her a son. She didn’t get that son immediately, but “Scripture says “in due time” God gave her a son who would be one of Israel’s greatest prophets and priests and who would help turn the nation’s heart back toward God.
I’m encouraged through that story that while Hannah just wanted a baby, God wanted to give her a legacy. While Hannah was watching the clock, God was watching a country, getting ready to release a bigger plan. And when Hannah offered back to God what she longed for most, she received even more than she had requested.
If you’re in the frustrating phase of trying to get God’s ear, I want to encourage your heart with three sources of hope in the midst of what might seems like unanswered prayer:
1. Hope in God’s Word – Did you know that God cannot contradict His Word? While He has guidelines in Scripture that are not necessarily promises, there are passages that contain promises that hold true as we obey Him. For example, 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (NKJV).
2. Hope in God’s Character – God also cannot contradict Himself. So when He says in His Word that He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), He will do just that. He will take care of what You put into His hands. The more you get to know Him, the more you will trust Him. The more you trust Him, the less you will doubt, worry, fear, or give up.
3. Hope in His Timing – God knows exactly when you are ready to receive the desire of your heart, and He will not act a moment too soon or a moment too late when it comes to doing what is eternally best for you. When you are in the long haul of waiting and you aren’t getting a yes, will you trust that what you might think is a no might really be His wait? He knows best. Therefore His timing is always perfect.
Keep hoping in Him, my friend. He can be trusted with your heart. And He sees your tears.
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