Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | May 6, 2012

When God Answers Our Prayers

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)

Are there things in your life you yearn for? Maybe a family? A job? Time to yourself?

We all yearn for things in this life. Some of it is a natural and healthy inclination, but not always.

For all of our decisions, no matter how large or small, we need to approach the throne of God in prayer. He wants us to seek his advice. David says in Psalm 6:9 “The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.” (KJV)

In our humanness it is difficult to wait for God to answer in His timing. In this world of instant access we want it now. I’m learning that sometimes God has us wait to teach us patience.

Lift Your Needs to the Heavens

God always hears our prayers and He always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is not the one we want to hear. We may not understand the reason at the time but years later we may discover that we are so thankful we are glad He said no. That decision or request could have changed our lives forever and led to considerable regret.

Matthew 21:22 says “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” KJV) He wants to give us our desires. After all, if we’re in His will His desires have become our desires. The answer may not come right away, but after years of lifting our request up to Him.

Then there are times when He allows us our hearts desires to teach us a lesson. He did this with me several years ago and I soon learned the hard way that what we think we want is not what we really want after all. Still He used that time to break me and bring me back to His feet.

So while we’re waiting and seeking His will, He’s working behind the scenes. During this time He’s changing our hearts and mindsets and helping us to grow in His will.

Are you lifting your request up to Him? What are those requests? What is His answer? What are you doing while you wait?



  1. Great reminder, Diana!

  2. Beautiful post Lee, thanks for sharing. Loved your pictures and the song. Who is the singer?

    • Hi Glenda. I’m so glad you enjoyed. The singer is not someone I know. They did not have his name listed. Sorry I can’t help you more with that.

  3. Thank you for the strong reminder to learn while we wait, Lee . . . we know God is always working for our good, no matter how long He tarries! Love your post!

    • Thank you Verna! You are right! I hope you have a blessed Mother’s Day.

  4. Yes, He always answers; we just have to learn to discern his blessings. I know as a youth I prayed so hard for a certain thing and felt for years that I never got it. It wasn’t until I had grown and looked back that I realized He had answered me in a way that I hadn’t recognized back then, but that had blessed my life since powerfully.

    • Isn’t it amazing how we can look back and see God’s answers but find it more difficult to see in the moment. I know that’s been the case in my own life. Thank you for sharing!

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