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Prayer and Patience

A man was having a conversation with God- “God, how long is a thousand years to you?” God answered with a blink, “Just a second.”

“Well then, God,” the man asked, “How much is a million dollars to you?” God shrugged and answered, “Just a penny.” With an idea in his mind, a gleam in his eyes, and a smile filling his face, the man asked one more question- “Lord, can I have…just a penny?” To which God answered, “Perhaps….. just a second.”

Have you ever waited impatiently for God’s answer to a prayer? Have you ever put a stopwatch on His reaction time? Have you ever tried to get God to punch your time clock? That really doesn’t work, does it? Hammer as hard as you like, but you will never force the eternal will of God into the mold of a particular moment’s desire.

Sometimes we do get an answer right away. It may even be the answer we desire or expect. But God’s response to a prayer is neither predictable nor programmable. God’s will is worked in His way and in His time frame. So, be patient. God loves you. He knows what is best for you. He will do what is best for you. He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him. That’s right…all things!

Even bad things. Even the things in which you can’t see a way out. God answers our prayers with a view toward our ultimate and eternal good.

So, go ahead and ask. But ask with the right motives. Then wait for God’s answer with patience…and do not lose heart. God loves you!

Peace and Love,
John+

Speaking of prayer…..a pastor and a city bus driver went to heaven. The bus driver got a big beautiful mansion with large rooms. The pastor got only a one room bungalow. So he went to St. Peter and asked him, “Why did I get this very small place and the bus driver got a beautiful mansion? I’ve faithfully preached the Good News all my life!”

St. Peter replied, “Well, whenever you preached, people fell asleep. When the bus driver drove his bus, the people prayed!”