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How God Answers Prayers

God is all around us, but sometimes we get too caught up in our “faith” to see all the good that he does and how he answers our prayers.  We concentrate on what we want Him to do and not what He wants to do for us.  The following story gives us an example:

A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood praying for the rising water to subside. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religous man replies, ” No, I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle.”

Later, still praying, the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He responds that he has faith in God and God will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again because “God will grant him a miracle.”

With the water chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in.   Mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help due to his faith in God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I thought God would grand me a miracle and I have been let down.” St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, He sent you three boats and a helicopter.”

In the news we often read about some person that has the faith that God will heal them of cancer or some other affliction or disease.  They want to prove how strong their faith in God is by refusing medical attention, instead insisting that God will magically make their cancer disappear.  Sadly, these people often die in pain and agony while doctors and surgeons stand by, powerless to intervene, and their God-given knowledge, skills and medicines go unused.  These people let their “faith” blind them to the fact that God has sent them what they needed, not what they wanted.

In Matthew 7:7-7:11, we read that just as a parent knows what is good for their children, God knows what is good for us.  Although what we ask for and pray for are not always what we receive, God hears us and knows what is best for us and what we need.  As many of you are parents, you know very well that what your child wants and needs are often very different things.

Have faith in God and know that He will answer prayers and He knows what is best for you and what you need – even though it may not be what you want.

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