The Lord’s Word tells us that the Lord is with us individually, and collectively, and certainly answers our prayers.
Jesus spent a lot of time trying to make us understand how powerful we are. How our words and actions shape things. He tells us of our power in Him when He said,
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” It’s as if God honors what WE say.
We so often do not realize the power our Lord has put into us when we accept Him as our Abba Father. Sometimes we ask Him for what we or someone else needs but we pray surrounded by a feeling of doubt or apprehension because we are not really sure what His response will be. This should not be. He absolutely does honor and consider our words.
And prayer is the force by which WE cause things to happen with the power He’s given us when we give those words to Him.
God said through Jesus “… if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Here we find the implication that while we are powerful as individuals, the combined energy of us and others can yield even bigger results. Because we bring more “God in us” and more faith that His all powerful Spirit can move what needs moving together. It points to the importance of gathering in groups to pray at times. It is yet another tool Abba has given us to succeed in advancing lives in various ways as we journey here.
The Lord asks us to believe in Him and His love for each of us. He tells us of the power that is ours through His Word. Which tells us what we can, and should, expect from that power…
From there, when we pray individually, or pray as two or three together, or agree as a Congregation we can expect answers to our prayers because He clearly says “it will be done.” Some might interpret that to mean we get what we want when we want it. It’s more likely we do if it falls within the will of God and we are submissive to that outcome. From there, we must trust the timing of the answer. His timing.
That can be a nail biting, frustrating period. The waiting. But here’s what we can know. God is always working on our behalf, knowing what we need and what we’re going to ask before we do. He is not limited by time and is already moving through what we understand to be the future – to secure for us what we want or need – in His part of the co-creation He allows us to be part of – with those prayers we offer up.
Wants and needs can conflict. But His omnipotence and perfect threading of our lives allows us confidence that He’s got the situation under control. So, relax and enjoy the time it will take. Responses can be swift or take more time we could’ve possibly conceived of. Just know that since He said there will be an answer, we can count on it. He does not discount our wishes. Manifestation of anything is usually a process. Sometimes a long one.
Give Him thanks as you wait on Him to say yes – or no. Give thanks daily knowing the best outcome awaits us. Then be willing to go His Way. Trust.
We can expect wonderful things to come, ultimately, because His Words are Words of Truth, given to us to live abundantly in this life.
He said, “I am with them.” This He is.