God's Timing Is Always Best
"And [Hannah] was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him." (1 Samuel 1:10 & 17)
Have you ever really wanted something? Maybe it was a special toy, a brother or sister, or a new friend. You prayed and prayed for it, but you just had to keep waiting for God to answer.
The Bible speaks about a woman named Hannah who prayed a long time for a son. In biblical times, the Jewish people felt that it was shameful if a woman was unable to have children. Hannah was unable to have children, and she prayed that God would give her a son.
You may know people who have prayed a long time for something. Maybe they prayed for a job, a child, the salvation of a family member or friend, or something else. Maybe you have heard of a couple who prayed years and years for a child, and finally the Lord has given them a precious little son or daughter of their own!
God's timing is sometimes hard to understand. Why doesn't He answer as soon as we ask Him for something? After all, we might not be asking for something bad. In fact, most of the time, we pray to ask God to do something good for someone else. But you know what? God's timing is always best. God knows and understands things that you do not know. God has reasons that you do not understand. Sometimes He tells you "no" and sometimes He says "yes." But some of the hardest times are when God says "wait."
When you are frustrated by what seems to be no answer to your prayers. remember Hannah. God answered her prayers by giving her a son. God's timing was best, and He used her son for His own glory. Hannah's son served the Lord all his life. Do you remember the name of her son? His name was Samuel. God had a special purpose for Samuel's life. Samuel had a special job to do for the Lord, and the timing of his life had to be God's timing, not Hannah's or any human being's timing.
What are you praying about today? Are you willing to wait for God's timing instead of your own? Are you willing for God to say "no," or will you push and make it happen your own way?
God's timing is always right. He listens to and answers your prayers with a "yes," "no," or "wait."
» What are some specific things I am praying for today?
» Am I willing to wait for God to answer my prayers?
» Do I really believe that God will answer my prayers?
Truth In Real Life
“Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying.”
Edward McKendree Bounds’ name would become a name very famously associated with the topic of prayer. However, he would never become well-known during his lifetime. He would not find out until heaven just how much his books would influence Christians all around the world.
“E. M.” Bounds, as he was called, was born on August 15, 1835, in Shelby County, Missouri. From a young age he studied the Bible and talked to God in prayer. He went to a public school, and by age 21, he was becoming a respected lawyer. At age 24, he changed professions and became a preacher. He began preaching during the time of the Civil War when many Americans were feeling scared and sad. Bounds served as a chaplain on the front lines of the Confederate Army. In 1861, he was placed in a war prison for a year and a half because he failed to take an oath for the government.
No matter what trials he went through, E.M. Bounds talked to God every day. Every morning, Bounds would get out of bed and pray for three hours before beginning his day. He would talk to God from 4am-7am, and then he would begin writing.
During the last seventeen years of his life, Bounds wrote some of history’s most helpful books on the topic of Christian prayer. His book Power Through Prayer is often called “the greatest book on prayer ever written.” For nearly one century, Bounds’ books have been considered classic works – encouraging Christians everywhere to talk to their heavenly Father. It was said that Bounds prayed as often and as easily as he breathed. Right before he died, he wrote these words: “When He is ready, I am ready; I long to taste the joys of the heavenlies.”
Do you long to fellowship with God in prayer? When was the last time you really talked to Him?
Psalm 55:17 – Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.