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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Extra (08/29/13)

TITLE: Just One More Prayer~
By C D Swanson


I have often heard people say, "I've been praying so faithfully, and I haven't heard anything yet." Or - "God doesn't hear me, He isn't answering my prayers."

This has long been a bone of contention with me. However, before I go into reasons why, I just want to say we’re all "flesh" and so, we sometimes struggle with due diligence in terms of patience; and being obedient to the Lord. I know I've been guilty of it many times in the past, and who knows maybe I’ll be guilty of it in the future. But, there's one thing I've never faltered in, and that's my undying faith in God and His ability to change everything in one second flat.

Faith is about believing that which we cannot see for "we walk by faith and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7) And in so doing, we are fortifying, and living in testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ, and all that He has done for us. His Father, our Lord God, gave us the Lamb who was slain for us, who became the Living Word as He walked amongst man/sinners.

We're showing our hearts in unity as we follow and believe in the ministry and works of Jesus Christ, through our works in our righteous deeds/acts.

So, when God sees His children approach the Holy of Holies, and stand before His throne in the name of Jesus Christ and pray, He hears us. His will is perfect and His ways Divine, and in perfect timing in accordance to all things. His ways, His time, and His will. Not ours.

So, if we don't hear an answer right away, be patient, don't give up, take a leap of faith and hold on. He will respond in His own time.
We will be heard. If the prayers aren't answered, we can't see the future… He can, and there may be something better waiting for us. Perhaps, the dawning of understanding will not be revealed immediately—or ever--just hold on knowing He has better plans for us. What His purpose is, we may never understand. But, bow to His wisdom, and His ever-knowing.

Most times the prayers will be answered, and the main thing is that we're never alone. He's with us always. Isn't that comforting? Knowing He is with us twenty-four-seven...watching over us even as we sleep? That's a sign of joy of His everlasting covenant with us, His every Word, and His very promise to us.

So, to those praying and waiting, and to those in a desperate area right now...hang on and keep praying. It may be the very next time you pray that'll open the heavens, thereby granting your requests.

Sometimes it takes "one extra prayer" for the vial to open and be poured out. God is refining us to become more like Him, and doing an inner working on all of us. In trials and tribulations we stand hand-in-hand together as Christians, making us strong soldiers in Christ. He is accomplishing a deed within us until we're shining from the inside out.

Each trial and suffering an extra step closer to perfection in His image. So go the extra mile in prayer and believing, and He’ll provide the rest, and eventually bestow extra blessings on you in the process.

Keep praying, keep believing, and keep walking in faith, not by sight. Only God knows when your prayers will be answered, until such time, keep looking up for all the answers, and for the direction in your life.

And, by all means keep reading and digesting His every Word. It is truth, and His love letter to His children.

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lynn gipson 09/05/13
This is most inspirational. I have been guilty many times of thinking God doesn't hear me, but I have learned to look at each good thing he gives as a tender mercy and an answer. Answers come all the time, sometimes I was just so busy looking for "the" answer I couldn't see HIS answer. Thank you for reminding me, as my old brain tends to wander off track. This is exceptional writing!
Linda Goergen09/05/13
What a wonderful little sermonette! Us humans always want everything on our timetable, but God works in His own time and in His own way. Jesus teaches us in Luke 11 to be persistent in asking and so indeed, “one extra prayer” might just be the one that gets the “bread.” Well done and a blessing to read!
Dannie Hawley 09/06/13
Thank you for this great reminder in a mini-sermon! It's as I've heard: God always answers our prayers. Sometimes He says, "Yes," sometimes "No," and often He says, "Wait," which is the hardest for me. You're so right--God always knows best how to answer. Keep writing and reminding us of His truth!
Genia Gilbert09/09/13
You included some deep truth and lots of hope here. It is inspirational and challenging. Good job
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/12/13
This is a great devotion. I love your faith and the way you describe. Your passion is so apparent in each and every word. Congratulations for ranking 21 overall! Happy Dance!!
Francy Judge 09/13/13
Has anyone ever told you that you have a gift of encouraging others? Thank you for lifting my spirit as I read your entry. I am sure you bless many with your words.