1 John 5:14-15: “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 of him.”

God understands us better than we understand ourselves. We may pray for certain things to happen, but unbeknownst to us, we may be praying for a second-best solution; God on the other hand has the best way for us in mind, and He will answer our prayers in His own good time – an answer that will surprise us.

Our Creator has original ways to deal with our problems. So, let us not throw in the towel simply because we feel God is not answering our prayers. We know that He will give us everything we need. Lack of vision is sometimes the reason why our prayers seem to be bouncing off the walls instead of getting through to God. Spiritual vision requires faith, and faith believes that God hears us when we cry out to Him. Incidentally, the apostle John wrote (1 John 5:15):

“And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

Is God’s mind too narrow to understand what we mean? Is His heart too small to not let everybody in? I believe the answer to both questions is a clear and resounding “No”. Especially in troubled times we need to remember who God is. God’s compassion is great. His love is not just a word. His love implies action. He loves us – always has and always will. We have to put faith in Him and His wonderful qualities to survive a crisis intact.

Confidence grows from learning who God is. Knowing God’s empathy will give us much-needed peace in times of turbulence.

Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

“Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me”
Songwriters: Thomas Chisholm / W.M. Runyan