On occasion I have thought to myself, “Why have I been praying? “ God does not seem to be listening to my prayers! It appears that He has forgotten that I exist; in fact, I am discouraged to the extent that I do not “feel” like approaching Him, because I have asked again and again without a response.
It is in that moment that I can hear the words of the Psalmist: “For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.” (Psalm 28:1, 2)
In reading this portion of Scripture I notice that the Psalmist concludes that with allowing such thinking he will go backwards, mentioning the wicked, the work of iniquity, and evil that lurks in their hearts. Either I rise above such negativity, discover the cause of why I am “dragging bottom”, and see if the problem is mine or God’s. Naturally, it does not take long to analyze! Verse 6 calls attention to a most promising conclusion: “Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplication.”
God has heard my supplication! An excellent illustration of what has or is happening in the midst of our discouragement is, we have forgotten who is in charge of the situation, God or my desire. Zechariah 3:7, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways, and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here’.” You cannot help but notice the word from God: “My”. Too often we forget that we are but instruments in the hand of the Lord, and we are “telling Him” instead waiting of His timing, or will in a matter. His love permeates His response to us.
A second consideration is His testing of our faith. Presumption is often the idea that God allows us to have a conviction, but timing is “down the road”, and He wants us to analyze and remain convinced, prayerfully, until the moment that He desires its fruition.
A third thought might well be that God actually has something different for you than what you thought and prayed about. In this process He may be helping us to accept His rejection, because we have not listened. Remember the old saying: “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts.”
I have been in each circumstance as mentioned previously, how God answered positively in His timing; how He put the brakes on something I had prayed about with conviction as to His will; how He re-directed in to something I had never anticipated. He has not forgotten us!