by Aziza Uko
Read the first part of this 4-part series HERE and the 2nd part HERE
Does God intentionally delay our blessing or answers to our prayers to deliver them at his own time?
There is no Bible verse whatsoever to support this belief. I have heard famous TV pastors say that when you pray, God can give three answers - yes, no, or not now. This is not in line with scriptures or what Jesus Christ taught us about prayer. Jesus said:
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:24-25 (NIV)
Forgiveness is absolutely important… forgive those who wrong you. Don’t wish them evil or pray evil back to them in prayers. Forgive them. Unforgiveness is one of the leading causes of delayed miracles. Forgive, forgive, forgive.
Jesus Christ also said:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV)
Then he went on to show us the nature of our Heavenly Father in a very powerful comparison:
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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 good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV)
Jesus Christ also promised in John 14:13-14, John 15:7, John 15:16, Matthew 18:18-19:
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (NIV)
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (NIV)
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (NIV)
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven.”
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
Note the blanket nature of Jesus pronouncements. He didn’t say when it pleases God or at the appointed time of God. He says ‘whoever’, ‘whatever’, ‘anything’.
2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise.”
James 1:13 says, "Let no one say when he is tempted. 'I am being tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself does not tempt anyone."
Why would God say go and come back tomorrow, when he is not broke? When it takes him less than a split second to heal you? When he doesn't have to consult with anyone to bless you? When he owns the entire world and the fullness thereof, why would he keep his own child poor, then give money to drug dealers? (Psalm 24) Why would he deny his child a means of livelihood when He rules in the affairs of men - when he knows that ‘money answers all things’ and you can’t function effectively without money? Why would he deny his child a life-partner (while unbelievers get married, even multiple times) to prove what? Why would he keep you childless? How does that glorify him?
Prayer is another topic in itself. And it is pivotal because it is when people pray and they don't get results that they start looking for a fall-back scripture such as the next commonly misapplied scripture.
This is the 3rd part of a 4-part series. You can read the 4th Part HERE
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