“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:11-13)
We talked about the importance of being persistent in our prayers. Today, I want to discuss the promise the Lord makes to answer those prayers. On one hand, we can be extremely encouraged because we know every prayer we bring to our Heavenly Father will be answered one way or another. However, we need to understand that we won’t always get the answer we desire.
Of course, “yes” is the answer we want to our prayers. We want things to go our way and according to our timeline. However, we should not forget that “No” is also an answer. “Not yet” is an answer, too, and so is “Wait.”
Maybe you have been asking God for some time now, but you feel He is not saying anything back, or He isn’t doing anything about your request. He may be saying, “Wait, my child. Not yet.” Often, God gives answers like these so He can develop your character and maturity. You never know what God is wanting to accomplish between the first time you ask Him for something and the time He actually gives it to you.
Don’t get discouraged if your prayers aren’t being answered like you desire. Jesus promised us that no prayer would ever be left unanswered. You might end up having a different door opened for you than you expected. You might get a different answer from the one you wanted. You might not find the thing you were looking for. Quite possibly, God could be preparing you for a greater work that He will do in your life. Trust His answer; He knows what is best for you.