How God Answers Prayer
Refer to Step 11: I make a commitment to nurture my relationship with the Lord, asking Him to reveal His will to me and to provide me with the power to carry it out.
You can’t think your way into a new way of living . . . you have to live your way into a new way of thinking.
It’s much easier to worry a problem to death than it is to trust God with it, which is why so few operate by faith. People rack their brains about how a problem is going to be solved; and for the life of them, they can’t figure a way out of their dilemma.
It’s common for people to disbelieve God, when they can’t figure out how He is going to solve a problem, based on their common sense reasoning, isn’t it? Does this sound familiar? How often has this happened in your life?
The problem is God doesn’t work in common sense ways—never has, never will. He works in supernatural ways. Because His ways are not our ways, we rack our brains and cannot understand how He operates; but when we look back at his faithfulness over time, we realize He has done what we have asked—but in ways we never anticipated or even considered.
That’s the key. He operates supernaturally and not in “common sense” ways. We need to understand the difference and come to God based on His ways and not our own. If we do, then we will not spend so much time fretting about how God will answer our prayers.
Because we are not divine, we cannot think like God—not really. What we can do, however, is recognize our limitations and not ascribe them to God nature. He is Almighty; we are not. Knowing the difference, and knowing that God is active in our lives, can spare each of us a world of heartache and trouble.
In this sense, being childlike is an essential ingredient of faith. Children have complete confidence in their parents. Once they tell their mom or dad something, they let it go, knowing that their parents will take care of the matter. It’s the same way with God. Once you put a matter in His hands, you can release it. Worrying about it after you’ve given it to Him isn’t a sign of maturity; it’s a sign of immature faith.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. (I Peter 5:7)