Often times we pray and pray and pray for something, but nothing seems to happen. Perhaps we then wait and wait and wait, fully expectant and faithful, but still nothing seems to happen. It can be so discouraging and can leave us very confused. We could be praying for a new job opportunity, we could be praying for relational situations, or we could be praying on behalf of someone else — we all have our own things.
Yet nothing is happening.
Recently I was listening to someone make comments on how God seems to either be deaf or simply just doesn’t desire to intervene in their life — despite many requests to do so. I can’t at all answer for when and how God chooses to move in each individual’s life and I do not understand His thought processes or plans! What I can do, though, is ask a question that I feel is very, very important:
Are you the answer to your own prayer?
I don’t mean this in the sense of taking away God’s hand or favour in the given situation, but I believe we often hold a lot of power and potential in our own hands. I believe that often times we pray when we really should also be acting. I believe we wait when we really should be doing.
Some of us may be praying for that new job opportunity, but haven’t been looking or even applying to places that hold appeal. Some of us may be praying over a broken relationship, but haven’t been willing to take the sometimes humbling and difficult steps towards repairing it. Perhaps some of us have been praying for someone in need, but haven’t even thought about the potential to help that person with our own time, money, or efforts.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
If you even look at some Biblical characters who lived some wild lives, you can clearly see God working. What we can also see clearly is the fact that they were doers. They generally didn’t pray expecting everything to happen while they sat there. They prayed, trusted, and tried.
We do and God blesses. We act and God moves. We try and God does.
Sometimes we are the answer to our own prayers.