A while ago, I was talking to one of my sisters.
“I have been calling you and calling you,” she said.
“Really? I didn’t see any missed calls or messages from you,” I told her, adding in a disclaimer. “But, you know me. I miss messages all the time.”
I’m one of those people that makes others ask, why do you even have a phone?
Half the time, I can’t remember where I put my cell phone. When I do know its location, it’s typically dead or has very little battery life.
I’m the worst. I’ll admit it.
Assuming the missed calls could be traced back to my own failure to notice, I double-checked.
“Are you sure you called me?” I asked, a bit perplexed.
“Yeah—uh, wait a minute,” she said, suddenly hesitating.
“Oh! I think I’ve been calling your old number.”
A while ago, I switched my personal number and she, apparently, had listed the new digits under my super embarrassing childhood nickname, “Bookie”—which she sometimes jokingly calls me.
Sis made a mental note to get rid of the old number so she wouldn’t forget again and repeat that frustrating mistake.
I know how aggravating it is to call on someone and not get an answer, especially when it is important and you seriously need a response.
This is true both naturally and spiritually.
In prayer, you want the Lord to hear, answer and move on your behalf right away. And sometimes, when He doesn’t, it can feel like God isn’t listening. But He is. His ear is inclined to us.
So if you haven’t received a response from Him, don’t panic! Just keep believing.
Please, don’t stop believing.
Sure, it can be uncomfortable when you go through extended periods where you don’t receive the thing for which you petitioned the Lord.
The delay you’re experiencing does not necessarily mean God is saying no—though He does refuse our requests sometimes. Often, however, He is strengthening our faith through a time of testing.
You have to wait patiently upon the Lord, even when it's hard, while firmly believing He will do it. God has heard your cry and will answer you.
In the meantime, try not to vacillate between belief and unbelief, otherwise, you’ll knock yourself out of position to receive.
I implore you to heed the words of James 1:6-8 NIV, which is what I’m stirring into your “Thoughtful Thursdays” cup of inspiration.
It says, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, believe that God has heard your cry.
And remember what Hebrews 11:6 NIV says: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
As you take in this word, let’s intercede together for some of the individuals who requested to be included on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” list.
As I am typing this, I am not sure how to ask for you to pray for me. You see I was taught to never ask for things for myself, but to always pray for others. I have end stage COPD/ Emphysema and Congestive Heart Failure. I was placed on a double lung transplant list after going through all the testing, and doing everything asked of me. I prayed for strength and I finally got the letter stating that I was on the list and placed at the top of it. But the criteria to get the lungs is I can only have a certain size lung and I had to maintain my weight of 95-100 pounds, but they would have loved for me to weigh 105-115 pounds or better.
I caught pneumonia and then ended up on life support, and went downhill fast. After 3.5 months of being in the hospital, I was released into my daughter's care, but that didn't work out. I was placed on hold on the list due to illness and my weight dropped down to 66 pounds. Then, after being moved to my other daughter’s home, where she didn't do drugs or drink, after she and her husband brought me in their home, after 1.5 years, I am now up to 89 pounds and am getting stronger. But my lungs are very bad and I am not certain if I will ever get my double lung transplant, or if I will ever get put back on the list, or if I will be able to qualify once again. My heart is in bad shape, due to the fact it is working overtime trying to find oxygen. I am on oxygen at 7 liters, 24 hours a day and have a very low immunity system now.
I need a set of lungs, so that means that someone has to die that fits in my size so I can have both of their lungs. You see, I can't pray for God to cause another family such pain for my own good. That’s not what a good Christian asks for, so all I can pray is for is his will to be done and to comfort my loved ones when the time comes for me to go home to be with him.
I don't want them to cry for me because I died. They can mourn their loss but they need to remember that I am home and will be pain free and happy and able to run and be outdoors like I love the most here on Earth. So if you can make sense of all this, if you can pray for me and my health, I know if it be GOD'S will, it will be done.
I have followed you and prayed for you all during your crisis, and you and Joyce Meyer and my Holy Bible restored my soul and placed me back on the path that GOD has laid out for me. GOD bless you all. Thank you.
My request is for God to give me strength to endure during this season of drought in my life. I know that God has not forgotten about me, but each day becomes harder for me as I try to stay encouraged. I was laid off on June 4th, 2014 and now my unemployment compensation has been exhausted as I have used up all of my 20 weeks. I have 0 income. Yet I have a $554.00 mortgage, $547.00 car payment, car insurance, water and utility bills, cell phone bill and did I mention we need to eat. I am married with two kids. My husband also does not have a job. Please pray that I stay faithful during this time in my life. I am waiting for God to move in my situation.
I have been married for 17 years and I recently found out that my husband has been cheating on me for the last 3 years. Please pray for me. I am broken in ways I cannot explain. I decided to stay in the marriage and work it out, but I am not seeing the changes that I need to see. I don't want to make the wrong move, but I know that I cannot live in this pain any longer.
I am tired. And I am a young girl, 20 years old, in my 2nd year of my university studies and I have so many other things going on for me but I just can't seem to find strength. I just need prayer and God's strength so I don't burn out or do something stupid like dropping out of school.
Please stand in prayer with me while I wait on the Lord. Sometimes I feel like I am losing it and get in to a panic. Then I call on the Name of Jesus, which is all powerful. Waiting is hard as I watch everyone else progress. But I wait. Please stand in prayer with me. God Bless.
I’m a minister struggling with forgiving myself after 25 years of marriage...divorcing after adultery…and getting back into ministry with confidence.
I've been praying to God concerning sending me a husband. I was recently in a “situation” that I ended because I believe God was telling me he wasn't the one. It proved to be true. I've been single a long time but I do not want to settle. I want to wait on Gods best for me. I'm tired of being alone.
Currently, I am unemployed. Please pray for GOD to cover me with favor, grace and wisdom to interview well and receive a good offer for the right job. Pray that GOD leads me directly to where I'm supposed to be. Pray that I recover financially with more than enough to pay my expenses, pay off debt & be a blessing to others. Thank you for your earnest & faithful prayers. Your ministry is a beautiful blessing!
Not too long ago, I really came to know what having a relationship with God means. I now spend time with Him daily and have been delivered from my old sexual sin. I go back to college next semester and I would like prayer to keep me away from temptation and help me to stand strong when those around me try to get me to drink, party recklessly, or engage in any behavior that would lead me back to my sinful ways. I also need people to pray that my confidence in myself whether it be looks or talent is restored and that I see myself how God sees me.
God, I don’t yet see how this all will work out, but I still believe You. I pray today, that at times when I feel discouraged by the way things look, and the enemy tells me You won’t do what I am anticipating You will, bring this word back to my mind. Help me to hold fast to faith, knowing that You are a very present help in my time of trouble. Despite the way it seems, I choose to believe Your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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