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The feelings can be so overwhelming at times. You've prayed so hard. You've fasted. You've read your Word. You've spent time alone with God. You feel like you have given everything you can give. Yet, nothing happens. Why is it when you pray for the material things, God seems to answer so quickly at times. Sometimes even as you think on things He'll answer you. Like one time, I was thinking I just wanted to go eat a salad but had no money. Within 30 minutes a friend called and said "Hey, let's go eat a salad, on me." Another time I put all my requests what I wanted for my house down on paper, and immediately they were answered. One time I put I wanted a couch down on my request, but in my mind I said Lord, I want a sectional. The next day, I got a phone call asking if I needed a couch and that it was a sectional. God says, before you even call, He would answer.
So why is it not so fast when we pray and it has to do with people? It seems like it takes years sometimes for those prayers to get answered. We do all the things we are supposed to do. We follow "PROTOCOL." You know, fasting, asking others to join with you in prayer, reading, believing. I've asked myself this so many times. Sometimes it's hard for me to pray and believe because I think, "why should I even pray for this person about this issue, because they are so stubborn God and I know You will not cross their will." This person may even be a believer also. Maybe they are unsaved. How does God go about these prayers without crossing wills?
Well, all I know is God doesn't do anything until we pray. It seems like it takes for ever at times because of the principalities of the air. Look at Daniel. It took 21 days before he got his prayer answered and got a word from God. The angel said, the prayer was heard the first day, but the prince of Persia had hindered him from bringing the answer. What was he praying for? He was confessing his sins and the sins of the people. They had turned from God and was in serious rebellion. The prayer wasn't hindered getting to God. The answer was hindered getting back to Daniel! God heard the prayers! Talk about serious fasting. We don't see the battle going on in the heavenlies. While the angelic beings of God and the enemy are warring against one another just to bring us an answer, we are wandering what is going on. Tapping our hands on the table, saying what is taking so long! Daniel never gave up. He just kept waiting. He knew the consequences of not waiting. God's judgment was upon them.
We (I) have to trust God and know He is a God who wants to save. He said He came to seek and save that which is lost. He wants to see our loved ones saved and walking with Him more than we do. I pray for endurance during the waiting period. I pray for faithfulness during the waiting. I pray for increased faith during the waiting. I pray for joy during the waiting. I pray for peace during the waiting.
Lord, help us to endure to the end. Not just endurance for ourselves. But for endurance to see the souls saved. NO matter how long it takes. Strengthen us to keep praying during the battle. When the battle is fierce and there seems to be no hope, help us God, to keep praying. So many saints in the bible believed God until the very end. They died still believing and never seen the promise. But God still did it.
In Jesus name.
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