When the psalmist writes, “he hath inclined his ear unto me,” he is saying that God has answered his prayer. Because God was faithful to him, it led him to continue to call on God. It seems that whenever God shows up to one of our requests, it acts as fuel for us to keep bringing our needs and requests before Him. When God answers a prayer, a proper response is to praise Him and acknowledge our love for him. We should tell of the wonderous works He has done in our lives (Psalm 9:1).
But what about the times when God is slow to answer or it seems like He isn’t even listening to us? What about the times when God answers, but not in the way we wanted. Do we still love him then? (click to tweet)
I am a huge fan of the Kendrick Brothers movies. In Facing the Giants, Grant’s wife, Brooke, longs to have a baby. She has gone to the doctor so many times hoping each time that God has granted her a child and each time, she learns she’s not pregnant. After some testing, Grant learns that he’s not able to have children and the couple grieves the loss. At the same time, Grant’s coaching job is in jeopardy as his team faces another season with a losing record. It seems as if life for this couple is falling apart. As Grant comes home and tells Brooke, he asks, “What is God doing? Why is it so hard?” Watch the scene below.
In the scene below, Grant has spent the entire night in God’s Word and in the morning he goes out into a field and prays. Brooke comes to him and Grant asks her, “If the Lord never gives us children, will you still love him? Listen to Grant’s prayer below.
Towards the end of the movie, Brooke begins to have symptoms of being pregnant, but afraid to get her hopes up once again, she’s hesitant to go to the doctor. A friend encouragers her to go. The scene below is from her doctor’s visit.
Grant and Brooke have surrendered to God’s will – even if it’s different than theirs. They choose to love Him, no matter the outcome. They will serve Him and give Him their best. But wait! God’s not done working in their lives. Mr. Bridges, who prays earnestly and continually for the school, comes by Grant’s office with a message that God leads him to share with Grant.
In this final clip, after winning the state championship when the team should have had a loosing season, Brooke informs Grant that he’s made the team – the daddy team.
God chooses to work in our lives, because He loves us. (Click to tweet) Romans 8:28 says, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” God expects us to do our best and leave the results up to him and to trust Him with those results. (Click to tweet)
What is that prayer you’ve been praying for so long? Is it impossible for God? Will you still love him – even if he never grants that request? Will you surrender to His will, no matter what it is? Are you preparing for rain? And while you’re waiting on God, will you give Him your best and leave the results to Him?
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.