Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Suddenly: quickly and unexpectedly
Suddenly is an intriguing word for me, especially from a spiritual perspective. When we pray we receive an answer. But, we don’t always see the manifestation of it for a while. In some cases, not until the next life. It’s amazing and wearisome at times to knock and knock on Heaven’s door, month after month-year after year-only to one day see the prayer’s fulfillment. What was going on in the unseen spiritual realm?
There’s several things I’ve been praying about for a long time. I admit I get weary. I can feel like I’m talking to myself or my words just hit the ceiling. I don’t feel goose bumps. No loud booming voice responds. Most instances, I tell God my heart’s desire and then go about my day. And I’ve been doing this over and over. It’s easy to fall into a trap of hopelessness. Complacency. It feels comfortable and…safe. It’s familiar. The seeking and wanting and struggle.
There’s something that fascinates me about the battle between angels and demons. The spiritual war that we’re in. I think of Daniel.
Daniel 10:13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia
How often is God’s provision to our prayers caught up in a battle? Probably more than we realize. If we only understood the weapon prayer is and what it releases…
Prayers prayed according to His will are answered. It just comes down to time. And then, suddenly. That unsaved relative surrenders to Jesus. That healing happens. The promotion comes. The phone call is received.
Today, I want to encourage you to expect your “suddenly.” I know some reading this have prayed for years about something. That circumstance doesn’t seem to budge. You’ve seen no change. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t changes in the spiritual realm.
Expected the unexpected. We pray to and serve a living, all powerful, all knowing God. Thank Him now for answering your prayers.
1 John 5:14-15 ESV And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.