Suddenly

In my last job, there were at least four times when career-ending disasters occurred with one of our major clients. Not because of a lack of diligence but from simple, human mistakes. Each of these times, within management, there was a sense of impending doom. I prayed. I’m confident others prayed. Each time these disasters turned to “mist” and dissipated with little or no harm. So, I can testify that God answers big prayers.

God will answer your big prayer.

When we pray we know: 1) God loves us. 2) We are not here in this world as orphans, but we’ve been given the Holy Spirit. 3) All authority has been given to Jesus, our Lord.  So, we know that, just as with Jeremiah, the triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is for us and not against us. (Jeremiah 29:11)

From Scripture, we know God answers prayers about who, what, when, and where but God rarely, if ever, explains “why.” Don’t ask Him why; He’s sovereign.

We know that when we petition God, we must be consistent until there is, within us, confidence from the Holy Spirit. Old-timers called this “praying through.” Remember Christ’s parable about the widow demanding justice from the judge (Luke 18:1-8). 

By now you’ve noticed the repetitive “we know”’s in the preceding paragraphs. The “we know”’s are to remind us that we are on familiar turf when it comes to making our requests known to our Father. So, God may seem silent to you but be sure He is at work on your behalf. As with all prayers, true reality is first made real the spirit, by God, and then manifested in this physical world. (Daniel 10:10-14). And, God is the God of “suddenly.” Often, when God answers prayer, His response is sudden, when you least expect it.

Here are two examples of God’s suddenly:

Isaiah 29:5-7 (NIV), ...Suddenly, in an instant, the Lord Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire. Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel [A symbolical designation for Jerusalem], that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night—

Isaiah 48:3 (NIV), I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.  

So, ask, make your petitions known to your Father, pray in the Spirit, ask in the name of the Son. God desires to answer your prayer. Your small ones but also your big prayers.

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