Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

A prayer is just a beginning. A prayer opens up a whole new world. And the best of it is: we might pray for some very specific things and hope for certain outcomes, while God has infinitely more in mind. As God responds to prayer He puts more into His answer than we could expect, and more than we could have imagined. In the scope of things, we’re asking for an ice cream cone, and in the end we’re getting an entire ice cream truck – not to overindulge in ice cream but because we might have a passion for ice cream, and now we’re in the business of selling it.

I know this is an arbitrary example, but fact of the matter is, compared to God who created us, we don’t know ourselves very well.  So, when it comes to life decisions or life changes then praying comes in really handy.

At the end of the day, when God answers prayer, all we can do is sit down and thank Him. Prayers and answers to prayer both honor Him. Prayer gives honor to God because we trust Him enough to submit our issues and problems into His care. Answers to prayer honor Him because the way God comes through for His children speaks volumes about His generous character.

Answers to prayer are scattered all over the Bible, here are just a couple of examples:

Genesis 25:21: “Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant (with twins no less).”

Rebekah’s twins were named Jacob and Esau. Sibling rivalry led to Jacob’s departure from home when he was still very young. Without the protection of his father’s tribe he felt extremely vulnerable. So Jacob fell on his knees and submitted this request to the only One who could help him now. In Genesis 28:20-22 we read:

“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

Jacob’s prayer consisted of three emergency items:

  1. Protection
  2. Food to eat
  3. Clothes to wear

God’s answer went far beyond Jacob’s initial request when He granted him:

  • Protection
  • Food to eat
  • Clothes to wear
  • Wives
  • Children
  • Livestock, which in modern terms could mean a thriving business

Jacob left home with just the clothes on his back and not a penny to his name and came back a Patriarch of a new tribe, a tribe God created to bring hope into the world. Ultimately, God’s Son Jesus would be born into Jacob’s tribe. Jesus is the ultimate answer to all prayers spoken for the sake of freedom and redemption – and nobody could have expected this kind of answer. Who would have thought or even come up with an idea such as this: God slipping into the role of a human to free us?

These are God-sized answers to human-sized prayers. Glory to God for His incredible heart to feel our pain and His incredible mind to come up with mind-blowing solutions!

  “There’s a long black cloud comin’ on down

I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door” (Bob Dylan)

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