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by Ngozi Nwoke
8/26/2016 / Christian Living
Are you about giving up on God answering your prayers? God does not store prayers, He answers them. Unanswered prayer today does not mean unanswered prayer tomorrow. There is need for you to be persistent till you receive your answers. This article emphasizes that you should not quit but that you should go again.
So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea."
So he went up and looked, and said, "There is nothing." And seven times he said, "Go again."
Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, "There is a cloud, as small as a man's hand, rising out of the sea!" So he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, 'Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.' - 1 Kings 18:42-44 (NKJV)
There may be things you believe God for that are yet to be answered and you are getting tired of expecting it. You may have gone many times in pursuit of them and you are about quitting; I am here to tell you to go again, till you receive the answer. What God has promised in His word to be your inheritance or portion you should not let go of. God is watching over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
Elijah was praying for rain and never stopped until he saw a sign of his answered prayer. Seven times he told his servant to go again and check for a sign of rain while he prayed. You may have gone twice in pursuit of your desire; I believe God is saying you should go again. Have you gone ten times? Still go again till you receive your answer.
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus told a parable that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. The widow was persistent in her request, that the unjust judge had no choice but to grant her justice so that she would not weary him. And Jesus concluded that God would do better by avenging His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them. Job summarized it well by saying that all the days of his appointed time will he wait, till his change comes, (Job 14:14).
You are to adopt Job's attitude: that until your change comes you will keep going again and again. People may mock you but don't be disturbed by them, they will soon join you in celebration. God who remembered Hannah during her 'another visit' to Shiloh (1 Samuel 1), will remember you; only hold on to your faith (Luke 18:8).
Therefore, whatever you have been doing before in obedience to God's word so that you may receive your desired answer, I encourage you to continue to do so. Go again till your change comes.
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor, and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus". She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love, and Christian living for a more fulfilling life. Want a more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com
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