Have you ever been praying for someone or for a situation and it has gotten worse instead of better?
Just because we don’t see the change we want doesn’t mean that God isn’t at work.
Do not let the enemy fool/deceive you into thinking God isn’t going to do anything about the person or situation. The enemy likes to get in your ear and affect your “mind of the flesh.” Did you know we have two minds? A spiritual mind and a fleshly mind. James 1:8 teaches us to not be “double-minded!”
Even when we are a Christian and seeking to serve Him, we will have “fleshly doubts.” I would love to say that if you are a believer, you will “never doubt” but that is not so. However, you can discipline yourself to “doubt less,” thus growing your trust in a Holy and sovereign God! It goes back to what I have said before about thinking about what you are thinking about. We must ask the Lord to enable us to control our thoughts. Take thoughts captive.
Look at the life of Abraham. The Bible says “he didn’t doubt and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Thus, when you are praying and things get worse, cast down the enemy. Tell him to go back to hell from where he came.
Of course the enemy wants you to think God is not working but He is! Line up your thinking with God’s word……
1 Timothy 2:3-4, ”This is good and pleases God and our Savior, who WANTS ALL PEOPLE TO BE saved and come to knowledge of the truth.”
………Know that if your prayers are for someone to come to know Jesus, this aligns with His word.
1 John 5:13, “This is the CONFIDENCE we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to his will, HE HEARS us. And if we KNOW that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked for.”
……….When we pray for things that line up with His word and His will, not our will, we are confident of His will.
Psalm 121:4, “Indeed he who watches over Israel will NEITHER SLUMBER OR SLEEP.”
…..…..When we pray, God hears us 24/7.
Proverbs 11:21, “Be SURE OF THIS, the wicked will NOT go unpunished but those who are righteous go free.”
………..God sees all and promises that in His timing, the wicked will not go free.
1 Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time. WAIT until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. AT that time EACH will receive their praise from God. [Emphasis added on all verses.]
…………God is light. He will reveal all things and the motives behind them.
All of God’s word is true. God does not lie. We need to dig deep into God’s word and trust HIM as being TRIED AND TRUE. Just because the situation worsens doesn’t mean He is not working…nor that He does not see…nor that He doesn’t care. Keep on keeping on.
Then get up and overcome evil with good. Leave the person or situation in God’s hands.
You may not get the answer that you think is best but you will get the answer that brings glory to God. He will bring about good somehow, some way. We may have to wait a long time. It may not make sense to you/me.
He has whatever you are praying for. Pray according to His will. Sometimes our earthly suffering is for the one we are praying who is need of sanctification. Jesus says, ”Take heart for I have overcome the world.” Just think, if Jesus overcame the grave, He can certainly work in your prayer and your situation. Have patience and prayer continually. This is HIS will for our lives!
“No matter what storm you face, you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you.” ~Franklin Graham
“God is completely sovereign. God is infinite in wisdom. God is perfect in love. God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.” ~Jerry Bridges