“Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.” Psalms 119:66
I was just commenting to my husband how I have been praying for something specific for days now and God has met me with silence. I prayed for a friend and a specific need she had and God did not answer my prayer and the need was unmet in the way I thought it should have been met.
I cried as I drove down the road and told my husband that one of the hardest things to do in the Christian life is to endure moments when God doesn’t respond or let us in on what He is doing.
But that didn’t end my converstation. Even as I cried, I lifted my voice and said, “But I trust Him and I praise Him for whatever it is He is doing.” I didn’t want the devil or one of his minions to think I was complaining.
How does a Christian get through those moments when seemingly the weight of the world presses down on our chests? How can we be assured that God is listening? Why does He put us through these times of “feeling” alone?
It is hard isn’t it? I know there are many of you that wonder the same things as I do. We pray and pray and pray and it seems like NOTHING is happening. Sometimes the problems even get worse! It can make the strongest Christian doubt that they have any connection with God in prayer. But we must believe in His commandments. We dare not trust ourselves or our opinions of God and how we think He should respond!
The psalmist is aware that he needs to have discernment in his life when it comes to daily choices and decisions. He asks God to teach him good judgement and knowledge…because he believed in God’s commandments.
Some of the practical things I do when I am feeling like my prayers are hitting a brass ceiling are these:
1. I make sure I have no unconfessed sin.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” Psalms 66:18
2. I make sure my desires line up with His.
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume itupon your lusts.” James 4:3
3. I make sure I am asking in faith and believe He will answer.
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” James 1:6-7
When I examine myself in those areas, I then run through what I KNOW to be true and make the conscious choice to believe that the silence or waiting is because my God has other things He is accomplishing in my life. And I choose to believe Him.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” 1 John 5:14
Sometimes my emotions get the best of me and I end up crying and talking it out with Mark. Thankfully, he wisely quotes Scripture or gives me an example from the past or God’s Word that helps me find my way. Sometimes our roles are reversed and I have to quote the same things back to him.
I considered Eve as I read today’s verse. She made a TERRIBLE decision didn’t she? And I wondered if it was fair for her since she didn’t have the Bible to rely on for her processing knowledge and wisdom. And that is when it dawn on me, God didn’t love Eve any less than He does me. (He is love). Eve had all she needed in the Garden to make the right choice, she just had to trust God and not her emotions, desires or the lies of the devil.
We say “Trust God” but so often we don’t. Especially when it is a silent time or a waiting time. We fret, we worry and we complain and that is wrong. We should ask Him to teach us good judgement and knowledge like the psalmist did.
We need to dwell in Him and remember the TRUTH.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
I am going to leave you with some verses that you can 100% believe in and rely on in your life.
“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” Isaiah 43:11
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7
Until Next Time, Lord willing,