Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Answered prayers

I just read this over on Jenny's blog and it hit home with me too... it is from the Proverbs 31 Ministries:

Do you ever get tired of waiting on God to answer your prayers? Recently, I began to feel a sense of frustration with the wait, and also a little bit tired.
Tired of saying the same old prayer day after day, month after month, year after year. Tired of telling God about the same old problems still going on. Tired of hearing myself pray about the same old problems, leading me to wonder if God was as tired of hearing my prayer requests as I was of praying them.
So I bowed my head and admitted to God that I was simply tired of the wait.
In a heavy state of emotional tiredness, I turned to the crisp, white pages of my Bible. I was hoping God would illuminate a few verses that would jump out of the book and straight into my heart.
I began reading about when Isaac’s wife Rebekah gave birth to twin sons. One particular sentence caught my eye and I read it again and again. My heart leapt as I realized God was using this one little sentence to speak hope into my spirit. He used His spiritual highlighter just as I had wanted.
Genesis 25:26 tells us that Isaac was sixty years old when his twins were born; a simple Bible fact, yet profoundly meaningful to me on this specific day. You see, Isaac had been patient for the Lord to provide the perfect wife; he was forty years old when he married Rebekah. If you do the math you realize Isaac waited twenty years for Rebekah to bear him children! He could have chosen a concubine to bear him a son. But he was a man of great patience who waited on God. Eventually his patient faith was rewarded.
Isaac never gave up hope that his Lord could make the impossible, possible. He had learned that his Lord would provide. So he continued to pray the same desperate prayer for a son, day after day, month after month, year after year. In fact, we learn in Genesis 25:21 that “Isaac pleaded with the Lord” (NLT), meaning he earnestly and strongly prayed about his problem. He did not half-heartedly ask God for a son, he pleaded! He begged. He poured his heart out.
I can envision Isaac passionately pleading to God throughout those twenty years, with out-stretched arms and a tear-stained face pressed against the hot, dirty soil, begging God to answer his prayer.
Isaac was surely tired of the wait, but he never stopped praying or believing that his dreams could come true. And in God’s perfect timing, they did.
If you are tired of the wait, you may be pleading to God just like Isaac. It may take twenty years for God to answer our prayers, or it may only take twenty minutes. But today, let us find comfort in remembering Isaac’s patient faith and take hope in believing that God is not tired of hearing our prayers. Instead, He is simply waiting for the perfect time to answer.

I have been impatiently waiting since 2009 (when I graduated from college) for a full-time teaching job and there have been numerous moments where I have been upset, angry, frustrated with waiting for Him to answer my prayer instead of looking around and seeing HOW He has already answered me:

He has answered me by providing me with a way to pay my monthly bills and still have a little extra left over

He has answered me by giving me the opportunity to be an even bigger part of the Little Man's life (and to continue to be an annoying a lovely presence in B and A's lives)

He has answered my prayer by allowing me to watch and be a part of helping the Little Man grow from a baby to a toddler

He has answered my prayer by helping me teach myself and the Little Man something each day and by laughing and smiling in the daily routine

He has answered my prayer by always being with me and for showing me how He does in fact listen and strengthen me each day

He continues to answer my prayers...and maybe one day I will actually have my own classroom but for right now He has given me something that makes me happy and useful and I am blessed to have this as my answered prayer.


  1. Amen!! I always think of how he answers my prayers in an even better way than I could have imagined {even if it's still a struggle}. YOU are wonderful for realizing it!!


  2. I have always struggled with praying for some reason -- not to mention coming to terms that everything is on HIS time not MY time... Time with family is such a blessing -- and I hope you get your own classroom in due time!

  3. You are better than any teacher, you are the only person I could leave my baby with. You teach him more than I do. He might not have answered your prayer the way you expected, but He sure answered mine better than I expected!


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