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The Test Of Answered Prayer
May 13, 2012

Once again, I have come across a powerful anonymous writing in my devotional time this morning from the classic, "Streams In The Desert", by Mrs. Lettie Cowman. I trust it will minister to you in the same way it did for me, to trust God to answer our prayers in the method and timing of His choosing as we pray in faith for His will to be done, not losing heart in the trial.

“We do not know what we ought to pray for as we ought”.
(Romans 8: 26)

 
"Often it is simply the answers to our prayers that cause many of the difficulties in the Christian life. We pray for patience, and our Father sends demanding people our way who test us to the limit, because suffering produces perseverance (Romans 5: 3). We pray for a submissive spirit, and God sends suffering again, for we learn to be obedient in the same way Christ learned obedience from what he suffered. We pray to be unselfish, and God gives us opportunities to sacrifice by placing other peoples needs first and by laying down our lives for other believers. We pray for strength and humility, and a messenger of Satan comes to torment us until we lie on the ground pleading for it to be withdrawn.
 
We pray to the Lord, as His apostles did, saying, Increase our faith! Then our money seems to take wings and fly away; our children become critically ill; an employee becomes careless, slow, and wasteful; or some other new trial comes upon us, requiring more faith than we have ever before experienced. We pray for a Christ-like life that exhibits the humility of a lamb. Then we are asked to perform some lowly task, or we are unjustly accused and given no opportunity to explain, for he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and did not open his mouth. We pray for gentleness and quickly face a storm of temptation to be harsh and irritable. We pray for quietness, and suddenly every nerve is stressed to its limit with tremendous tension so that we may learn that when He sends His peace, no one can disturb it.
 
We pray for love for others, and God sends unique suffering by sending people our way who are difficult to love and who say things that get on our nerves and tear at our heart. He does this because love is patient, love is kind, it is not rude, it is not easily angered, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13: 4–5, 7–8).
 
Yes, we pray to be like Jesus, and Gods answer is: “I have tested you in the furnace of affliction” (Isaiah 48: 10); “Will your courage endure or your hands be strong?” (Ezekiel 22: 14); “Can you drink the cup?” (Matthew 20: 22).

The way to peace and victory is to accept every circumstance and every trial as being straight from the hand of our loving Father; to live with him in the heavenly realms, above the clouds, in the very presence of His throne; and to look down from glory on our circumstances as being lovingly and divinely appointed."

Dear reader, do not let the enemy lie to you that God has not answered your prayer. The Lord is still a great Rewarder of all who seek Him diligently. Give Him thanks and praise as you patiently wait for your answer! He cannot deny the prayer of faith, that is according to His Word and His will!
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