Don’t you wish you could have a Q&A with God, where He sits in one chair, you in another, and He answers anything and everything you ask Him – audibly and immediately? “Do you want me to take that job?” “Which college do You want me to go to?” “What do You want me to do with my life?”
But I guess if we got all the answers immediately and definitely, we wouldn’t spend much time with the Lord in prayer, would we? Consequently, our relationship with Him wouldn’t grow – wouldn’t get any stronger. I’m sure many of us feel like we don’t spend enough time with the Lord as it is… we don’t need a reason to spend even less time with Him. Getting our prayers answered immediately would simply shorten the amount of time we spend with the Lord in prayer – we’d ask our questions, receive the answers, and leave.
So while it can be frustrating at times to not get an answer as soon as we want it, look at it as a way to strengthen Your relationship with the Lord as you talk to Him about what you’re dealing with. Sometimes we’ll be given an answer immediately. Sometimes we’ll feel like we don’t get a definite answer. That’s God asking us to step out in faith – to make the decision we think to the best of our ability that God wants us to make – and then watch Him work.
The main thing is to keep talkin’ to God. Don’t stop just because sometimes there’s silence on the other end. And don’t forget to listen for His reply! Sometimes we do too much talking and not enough listening!
1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)