I can remember the first time I was amazed at God’s immemdiate response to prayer. As a new Christian I was walking around the house. I had to balance the checkbook and could not find the checkbook register. So I asked God if He knew where I should look fto find it. In less than a second the middle dresser drawer popped into my head which is exactly where I found it.
Another time I was upset about my weight and cholesterol levels. Again, a quick prayer resulted in an immediate answer–check the recycling bin and pull out the local advertiser. I found an airwalker for sale that I purchased and used for years.
I love it when God answers my prayers immediately, but that’s not typical. I have to remember the Five D’s.
Definitely — Denied — Delayed — Differently — Distributed a bit at a time.
Think about it like this: God definitely answered those two specific prayers that I just mentioned. He denied answers to prayer about a job change a number of years ago. My retirement is being delayed because of detours I caused myself. So retirement will be different that I had imagined during my working years. My last example will be for families that pray for children–they typically want their children distributed a bit at a time, not all at once. My parents had five daughters in six years, but only four pregnancies. The last pregnancy was twins, a double distribution. I was the fourth, and my twin was the fifth.
In the book of Psalms, David wrote O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! Psalms 139:1-6 (NLT)
David, who was a man after God’s own heart, was in awe of his Lord and God. I am too.