“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” I John 5:14-15
I had been faithfully praying for one of the deepest desires of my heart, one of my fondest dreams. I was confident that this prayer was according to God’s will, and so I was confident that the answer was yes, confident the fulfillment was just a matter of time.
Then my dream suddenly crashed and crumbled. I was disappointed and disillusioned. I was tempted to quit praying, especially for this particular dream. God’s spirit ministered to me through the words of Joy Dawson: “Be encouraged; no prayer has been wasted. All prayers are safe in God’s prayer bank and will be cashed in His perfect time…What God starts and energizes, He completes. It’s His vision and burden.” * I decided not to give up!
The Holy Spirit also gave me this thought: The current events could actually be part of the fulfillment of your request of God. Now that was a thought to further strengthen my resolve.
I know from personal experience that God tears down to rebuild from the ground up, like He had my marriage (see my story on the book page of this website). Sometimes dreams have to die and be re-created according to God’s specifications to become beautiful in His perfect time.
This spring I choose to believe that my prayer hasn’t been denied but is in process. I will wait expectantly, anticipating the thing of beauty God will re-build.
Father God, I thank You for hearing every one of my prayers and depositing them safely in Your bank. I praise You for wounding in order to heal, for tearing down to rebuild. You are Good.
*from Intercession, Thrilling and Fulfilling