It is so hard to wait until the last minute to get an answer to prayer. As a human being, I tend to forget that he is in control and by allowing him such control; all works out in the end. We may be in the midst of a hard test. One that has us looking up in Heaven to ask, “Please, tell me what is it that you want me to do. I am waiting for an answer, but I am feeling the pressure.” In a matter of time, all is resolved, the situation has a solution, and we can bow our heads and thank him. However, it is a realization that God does listens, works on our requests, and answers, too.
God Does Listen
One thing that we can be assured of is that God is always listening. He hears our heartaches, our joys, our thoughts, and our prayers. We pour our hearts to him. Not always do we ask for something. There are times that we thank him for all the provisions he has given. However, there are times that we need his help, his guidance, and his intervention.
66:19 However, God heard; he listened to my prayer.
God Works On Our Request
Once he hears us, he starts working on our request. He stirs the hearts of those involved and causes many to harken to his request and work on his behalf. This is the time that we wait for his answer and continue praying. This happens while we continue to have faith. We know that he will help us through. We understand that it is he who is making things happen.
7:13 Consider the work of God: For who can make straight what he has bent?
God Answers Prayer
After he works on our request and it is resolved, he answers our prayer. At that point, we can rest assured and continue to believe in his love. His answer to prayer builds our faith and gives us continued hope. It may have been at the last minute, but sometimes it takes just that long. However, at the last minute, or early on, it means that he answered, he interceded, and he resolved it.
3:4 To the Lord I cried out, and he answered me from his holy hill. (Selah)
3:5 I rested and slept; I awoke, for the Lord protects me.
God listens to our prayers, he works on our requests, and he answers. This is powerful. It is important for us as believers to understand that he is always available. We are not alone. When all seems impossible, speak to him. Nothing is impossible for him.
What we need is faith as small as a mustard seed. However, we must have it. We must believe.
17:6 So the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
If you are in the middle of a situation that is making you feel helpless, reach out to God. Pray to him. Ask him to intercede. Put your faith in him. Let him work on your behalf. Then experience his love as he answers your prayer.