Sunday, January 3, 2021

Can God Answer Prayers Instantly?

When my daughter Hannah was in grade school, she wanted to join the Girl Scouts. I said, “Hannah, if you’re supposed to be in Girl Scouts, God will provide a uniform for you. Why don’t you pray and ask Him for one?” She went into her bedroom and prayed for God to provide a Girl Scout uniform.
 
Two minutes later the phone rang. The woman on the other end of the phone said, “You don’t know me, but I have a Girl Scout uniform that I would like to give away. Do you have a daughter who needs one?” I was so stunned I did not even know what to say. I thought, Is this really happening? Just two minutes ago Hannah prayed for a uniform. This is impossible!
 
I snapped out of it and answered, “Yes, we do have a daughter who needs a uniform. You’ll probably find this hard to believe, but she just prayed two minutes ago for a Girl Scout uniform and then you called. Your phone call is an answer to a child’s prayer.” What are the odds that a woman who didn’t know us would call with the answer just after Hannah prayed?
 
You might be asking yourself why God would answer a prayer for a uniform while millions of suffering people are not getting their prayers answered. To be honest, I cannot tell you why some prayers aren’t answered. I just know that God did answer this little girl’s prayer.
 
Perhaps the Lord responded to her childlike faith and wanted my daughter to know He could answer her prayers.
Maybe God wanted to prove to the woman who called that He really exists.
Maybe He answered because He knew I would write about it so that thousands of readers would be inspired to pray about everything.
Maybe He did it to show that not every prayer has a long delay before the answer comes.
 
God is the one who decides when He will bring the answer to our prayers. Sometimes He does it quickly. Other times He requires us to wait. But always remember God’s timing is perfect.
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