There are many moments in life when we pray and ask the Lord to meet a
certain need, and because we don't receive the answer right away, we feel
discouraged and tempted to quit praying. It is important that we remember
our God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He knows exactly how
and when to answer our prayer even though we may think we know how and when
the answer should come. I encourage you to be strong in the Lord and never
allow the voice of the enemy to tell you that God doesn't answer prayer.
God answers and gives to us our hearts desires, but it is not always on our
timetable. Continually trust and know that God has your best interest in mind.
I hope you enjoy and are ministered to by today's story.
THE WEDDING RING
Two days after our wedding, we arrived at our honeymoon spot -- cottages
on the northern California coastline with their own private beach. We went
down the cliff path to the beach and tossed a Frisbee back and forth for a
while, but since it was late in the day, my wife asked if we could go back
and make ourselves some dinner. Towards the end of dinner my wife took a
look at my left hand and asked "Where's your wedding ring?" It was gone and
I felt that wave of emotion go up and down my body. "It must have come off
when we were throwing the Frisbee." We hurried down to the beach.
As soon as we got to the beach we had our little prayer meeting: "God,
please help us to find the ring." We knew exactly where we had been and got
to work. We divided the whole area into squares and began our systematic
search. Soon it was too dark to continue, so we went back to our cottage
deflated. Next morning we rose early and continued our search, but didn't
find the ring. Needless to say, my wife was very unhappy, and I encouraged
her to forget about it and try to enjoy our trip.
We spent the next three days on various activities, and on the fourth day
I suggested we go back down to the beach. As we climbed down the stairs I
could tell my wife was intending to start searching again. I told her to
let go of it, she said no way. As soon as we got to the beach, she started
searching again, but something happened to the beach since we were last
there. A high tide had completely washed over the whole beach and, right
where we had been throwing the Frisbee, someone had been spinning circles
in the sand with a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
I told my wife it was hopeless. She ignored me and went down by the waters
edge to search. I sat down cross-legged on the beach and cried out to God
several times: "Please help her to face reality." As I said that the last
time, I bowed my head and there, up on top of a mound of sand, right
between my legs, was my ring. I remember crying out loud "LORD, forgive me"
as I flung myself down on the sand. My wife came running over, having no
idea what was wrong, and when she found out, we both praised our GOD. We
wrote the whole story in the sand so everyone going there that day would
see that GOD really does answer prayer.
By Chris Geary
Never allow the voice of pessimism to keep you from being steadfast in your
prayers. The Bible declares in James 5:16, "…The effectual fervent prayer
of a righteous man availeth much." The word effectual means, "Producing or
capable of producing an intended result." When we pray in faith believing
for an answer to come, our effectual prayers are producing and capable of
producing the answer to our prayers. (Hebrews 10:23) (Mark 11:23-26)
The moment we pray for an answer to come, we are putting into motion of
producing our desired result, but we must also be fervent in our asking. To
be fervent means to be eager, sincere, heartfelt, unfeigned and zealous.
In other words, we are to pray expecting the answer to come. The Bible says
that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. I encourage you
to never quit praying for your answer to come. God may not answer right
away because He sees the big picture, but continue in prayer and know that
our God is an on time God. He will never fail you, never leave you nor
will He ever forsake you. (Luke 11:5-13) (Hebrews 11:6) (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 103:2-5 "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's."
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him
while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy
upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."
Philippians 4:6-7 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry