In this world where we’ve become used to instant gratification, it can be hard to keep the faith. As Christians, in faith, we ask God for something full of confidence and trust, praising Him in advance and citing His promises, completely assured that we will get what we want. When we don’t get that thing we prayed for, we usually get a little discouraged at first, then maybe a little upset, then doubt may set in, then we begin to question whether we “prayed the right way,” or did something to cause some sort of barrier to God’s favor as if that’s the way God’s blessings work.This is not the way to go.

Sometimes the answer to our prayer is a “no” or a “not yet.” I remember praying really hard to get into a very competitive undergraduate program and being accepted on the condition of withdrawing my financial aid application. I didn’t do this and I didn’t get into the program. Years after I’m so grateful I didn’t make it because I’ve since learned things about myself (that God already knew at that time) that have shown me I wouldn’t have been cut out for the program.

Just like a child may make a request of a parent (for candy, for example) and get rejected for their own future good (health, for example), God whose plans for us are more amazing than any we can imagine for ourselves is in control. He hears our prayers and our heart’s deepest desires and He treats us right, knowing what’s best for us ultimately. I was reading someone on Instagram yesterday who had a post that said: “Dear God, if today I lose my hope, please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams.” The important thing is for us to keep the faith no matter whether the answer from God is “yes,” “no,” or “not yet.”

Let us never give up our confidence in God and in the Greatness of His plans for us, Greatness that is beyond our paltry human imaginings. We need to stay patient and endure what seems to be hardships or disappointments knowing that no matter what, God hasn’t abandonned us and has a special plan in store for us. Keeping the faith and trusting in God sets us up to stay living in God’s plan and in His Divine Will so that we are on track for the Glorious Fulfilment of what He’s promised us, His children, in His Word.

Hebrews 10:35-36 AMP
[35] Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. [36] For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised.