"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24
God always answers our prayers, even though there are times when we feel as if He doesn't. When He answers them, He answers them on His own time table-- not ours.
There are three timings that the Lord answers in: before, during and at the end.
He answers before. A few days ago I shared about my husband's illness and how the Lord spoke a word to me earlier that day that turned out to be my word of peace and encouragement for what would happen later in the day. I received my answer before the situation even happened.
He answers during. When the three Hebrews were faced with threats of being thrown into the fiery furnace, they didn't receive their answer before they were thrown in. They were thrown into the furnace and while they were in there the king looked in and saw four men instead three. He declared that the fourth man looked like the Son of God. They received their answer during the situation.
He answers at the end. When Abraham took Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him to the Lord, Isaac asked his father where was the lamb for the offering. God didn't answer with a lamb at the base of the mountain, or during the climb up the mountain. He didn't answer while Abraham was building the altar. Nor did He answer when Abraham was binding his son to the altar. He answered when Abraham had the knife drawn and was about to slay him. His answer came at the end of his trial.
God answers according to His time based on His Sovereignty. Whether He gives us a word before the trial comes, during it or at the end His timing is perfect. He doesn't always give it to us when we want it. Our timing is not perfect. Our timing is not based on all-knowledge. But God's timing is perfect and has passed through the all-knowing counsel of His own will.
God always answers us, though not always when we want Him to. But His answer will come at the perfect time.
Have a great day. God doesn't always answer according to our timing but when He answers, it is perfectly timed.
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