“The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.” (Psalm 6: 9)
So, I prayed, but where is the answer to my prayer?
The answers to our prayers do come, but too often we dwell on not seeing an answer instead of living in anticipation of its glorious revealing. We should begin by affirming the process of us seeing our answer has begun, for God has heard our prayer and the God who is Creation itself has continued to create. While we wait, and continue our affirmations, we can also add to that prayer that we recognize the answers as they occur. In the process of that enfoldment we may get discouraged. We may decide how the answer has to look or how it will be made known to us. We need to remain faithful that God is the one doing the creating and that we are providing a willing place (in our conscience awareness) for the miracle to be revealed.
God has not, and does not, forget us. We must remember that this Divine Spirit is forever cradling us in its perfect embrace. We forget when we think the answer is not coming.
When we concentrate on thinking our answer is never coming we begin to pray the problem. Our focus is entirely on that it hasn’t happened, instead of being firmly planted in the belief that it is becoming. When we place our thought on the answer is being formed we make a mighty shift, away from praying the problem and onto praying that we will see and recognize our answer right before us. We can pray the answer when we know and affirm that divine creation is right now taking place on our behalf by the creative power of God.
Our prayers are not only an unfolding process, but it is important to remember that we are an important part of that answer. Perhaps we are being directed to do something, to take some action. The prayer doesn’t end with a period, but with a comma. There is still more to experience. One tiny part of our answer, experienced and recognized by us, leads us always to another prayer and another answer. This beautiful cycle is the fullness of God living and breathing in and through us.
The power of God is right here – with us always. The answer is always being formed. Enjoy its enfoldment.
Affirmation: “The answers to my prayers come in wonderful ways that I recognize and understand.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
Please join us each Sunday for our SpiritSong service at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA. This Contemporary Celebration and Praise service is an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome. We are an open and affirming congregation.
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