What happens after we pray?

by Richard Mansel, managing editor

We go to God in prayer and plead for his help. What happens next?
In order to answer this question, we must establish some foundation principles.

  • Nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:17).
  • God is omniscient (1 John 3:20).
  • God never tires (Isaiah 40:28).
  • God will never desert us (Hebrews 13:5).
  • God wants everyone to be saved (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9).
  • Sin separates man from God’s care (Isaiah 59:1-2; Psalm 66:18).
  • God listens to the righteous and obedient (James 5:16; Revelation 2:10).
  • Prayer requires humility (Luke 18:10-14).
  • Prayer must be for our own spiritual good (James 4:3).
  • God takes care of Christians (Matthew 6:25-34).
  • God’s concept of time is different than ours (2 Peter 3:8).
  • God’s definition of wealth is different than ours (Matthew 6:25-34).

Christians approach God in prayer, knowing he will reply and do what is best for his children. We trust God completely when we pray (Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 21:20-22).

What happens next is the embodiment of what separates man from God. In his time and in his way, God acts. However, we cannot see him as he moves all the pieces around through his divine providence (Romans 8:28).

God always works his will but we cannot know what is happening behind the scenes. We just have to maintain our faith, trust and confidence. Walking in obedience and seeking his glory, we continue our Christian walk (Ephesians 4:1).

Humans are naturally impatient, so we must resist that urge because God moves in his own mysterious patterns. We cannot look to God as one alternative among many. He must always be first in everything (Exodus 20:3).

Trust God and prayer will accomplish extraordinary things. But, we must allow it to unfold as God desires because Satan will be filling us with doubt (1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44).

Like Job, we must fall back on what we know about God and trust him above everything (Job 19:23-26).

God is always faithful but he has millions of things working at once and we are but one piece in a puzzle that is larger than time. Understand what God is going through and be patient as he works and great blessings will be the result.

 

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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