Answers Better Than Our Prayers

Although God*s answers are sometimes exactly what we pray for, they are often far better than what we pray for. When they are exactly what we pray for it means that the Holy Spirit was guiding our prayers and we were praying according to His will. But when His answers are better than our prayers, we should not be surprised because He knows best.

Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

When God*s answers to my prayers are often not exactly what I prayed for, here is the reason why:

Ephesians 3:17-21: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We should expect His answers to be better than our prayers. When He says Yes to one of my prayers the answer is often different and better than what I prayed. He shows us that He knows best when He answers our prayers a little differently than we prayed them. And I love being reminded that He knows best and does best. When He says No to my prayers, He still loves me and He knows best. When he says Wait to my prayers it is because He knows the best time to answer them.

This article was written by Evangelist Wil Rice on John 11:5: Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

Believing Prayer

We hear much these days about *believing prayer* or having faith as we pray. Faith is not only important when we are praying, but also after we have received either a *yes* or a *no* from the Lord.

In John 11, we read about the death of Lazarus, whose sickness and death were *for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.* Jesus even says, *I am glad for your sakes that I was not there [to heal Lazarus], to the intent ye may believe.*

The rest of the story is all about those who believed on Jesus because of the testimony of Lazarus when Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. Those who were concerned about Lazarus told Jesus over and again that if He had been there, Lazarus would not have died. Others wondered, *Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man [Lazarus] should not have died?* Well, the answer is clearly *yes,* Jesus could have healed Lazarus had He chosen to do so. So Jesus intentionally delayed His coming because what He did do was far more amazing than what they wanted Him to do. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

One of the primary points of this story is in verse 5 which says, *Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.* It requires faith not just to believe that God can do something, but that His heart for me is nothing but good even if He chooses not to do something. What Jesus did for Lazarus is different than what they would have asked. It was better than what they would have wished, and it was in response to what they were wishing.

Whatever the answer to our prayer might be, may God help our faith to grow in the daily dealings of life. Sometimes it takes as much faith to accept a *no* as to receive a *yes.*

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