I Heard You The First Time
There was a woman, a devout christian who lived in a small town. Her only son, from the time he was a teenager caused her nothing but grief and heartache.
He was constantly in trouble with the law, drinking, fighting and generally a public nuisance.
Every one in the town knew him and his name was synonymous with trouble.
This dear woman became desperate and prayed for him every day. She used every opportunity to get others to pray for him. Day after day, week after week, month after month. This went on for years.
One day before her weekly worship service started the pastor was waiting for her at the entrance of the church.
“I have some news about your son” the pastor told her.
“What did he do this time” the woman said preparing herself for yet another let down.
“Nothing like that” the pastor assured her; “last night your son came to the church. We were having a bible study with some of the members and he came in asking if he could speak to someone about God. Long story short, he fell to his knees asked God to forgive him for his wayward life and received Jesus as his Lord and Savior.”
“What” the woman shrieked. “You must be mistaken. It couldn’t my son. He is forever on the wrong side of the law, God and everything good.”
“No, its your son” smiled the pastor. “I know its hard to believe but yes, its your son”
“I think you must be mistaken pastor it couldn’t be my son.”
“Come with me” said the pastor as he led the woman into the church.
“See there he is sitting and waiting for the service to begin in the front row.”
The woman broke down and cried as she confessed that after all these years of praying for her son, she was certain God was not listening.
This is one of my favorite stories. I have found myself in this same situation on more than one occasion. Praying so hard and so long and becoming so repetitive like God was deaf or something all because I thought he wasn’t answering my prayers and thinking surely I have to keep bugging God until I see results.
I believe that there are times that we can pray ourselves out of faith like this dear woman. When God answered her prayer she couldn’t believe it.
Why do we think that God will somehow forget or dismiss our request unless we keep at him like a broken record that gets stuck on “God please answer my prayers, please,please, please.”
It has taken me years to learn this lesson but I am convinced that when we sincerely pray with all our heart for something or someone or a situation, then we must believe that God not only hears us but he starts working behind the scenes to make it happen.
Now He may not answer in the way we expected and we may be shocked when we see the results of our prayers but that is the way God likes to operate.
He wants us to believe and have faith that when we pray He will answer albeit in His own way, in His own time and on His terms. Because he has a handle on the overall situation and knows what is best for all concerned.
Try to remember, He heard you the first time.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
Posted on April 29, 2013, in Faith and tagged belief, bible, christianity, commitment, discipleship, faith, God, insight, intimacy, Jesus, life, obedience, prayer. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.