I’m still waiting for it. My ferrari that is. I prayed for one when I was 10 years old and God is yet to deliver. I’m a little tired of waiting. Do you get tired of waiting for God to answer your prayers?
In part 1 of this series on becoming a prayer warrior, we learnt to know God as our father. As our father God wants to, and is able to, do good things in our lives. But sometimes what we pray for doesn’t happen straight away. The frustration of waiting when it feels like God isn’t listening raises a question in our minds: Why is our good father who wants to give us good things seemingly holding out on us?
To shed light on what it means to know that God is good, we need look no further than the example given by a spoilt child at the shops. The sort of child that gets what it wants when it wants. You can tell by the almighty noise they make when they hear the words “no, you can’t have that”! A good parent knows the value and importance of saying “no”. The discipline from a loving parent is an essential guide for the child to grow into a strong and capable adult.
Unfortunately, we as children of God can approach prayer from the perspective of a spoilt child. We bring out a long list of things we want God to do for us. A list of things that would make our lives more comfortable or that we think will make our lives better or more successful. But like a spoilt child, we need a good parent who will sometimes say “no”.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Just like a good parent, our father in heaven, who is good and wants good things for us, will say “no”. While God always hears and answers our prayers, the response is not always what we expected. The reason being is that God, in His goodness, knows what is best for us.
But our prayers don’t end with “no”. Prayer warriors trust that God is shaping us for something greater. If we thought what we prayed for was a good idea, we can be assured that God knows what will truely be good for us in that situation. So the reality is that we are not left empty handed by our father. In His goodness He answers our prayers with a mighty gift! The Holy Spirit.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
The dwelling of the Holy Spirit within us is the gift of a good father to His children. The Holy Spirit within us grows love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These nine qualities cannot be bought, but are instilled through the Holy Spirit and a heartfelt knowledge of our good father. In all situations the gifts of the spirit transcend our circumstances and empower us to live a good life.
Knowing deep down that God is good shifts our focus in prayer. Our focus changes from being on what we want to being content in every situation with God’s good gift to us, the Holy Spirit.
Continuing on the journey to becoming a prayer warrior, part 3 will take a closer look at how God our father is able. Subscribe to Kingdom Warriors to receive the next article direct to your inbox, or come back next week to continue reading this series on becoming a prayer warrior.