The first time it happened I didn’t really think much of it.
The second time I thought, “That’s weird. Was that You?”
The third time I knew: He was answering my prayers.
It is more than coincidence. God hears our heart cries.
Okay. So this is what happened…
I’m in a small group study on Thursday evenings. It’s with the ministry Celebrate Recovery and at the end of each evening we pair up and pray for one another. The leader has a fun way of “pairing” us. She has slips of paper folded up with a verse of scripture…or a number…or something written on it. Each of us takes a slip and we pair up with the other person who has the same verse, number or whatever.
The first time it happened was during the lesson. Listening to the other ladies share, I felt a desire to pray with one particular lady and quickly cried in my heart to God, “I’d like to pray with her, please.” At the end of the evening we were paired. Kinda cool, right? I thought so, but I wasn’t too quick to give Him the praise. Just thought…hmmm…coincidence.
The next week. Same thing. I wasn’t deliberately “testing” the situation. I just had a heart connect with one of the ladies’ testimony. I don’t even think I purposefully prayed, just remember thinking, “I hope I get to pray with her.” Of course, this time I had a sneaking suspicion I was being heard.
Now, the funny thing was, the next week I was getting a little freaked. I mean, not really, but sort of…? So, I purposefully did NOT think about anyone in particular. As a thought crept into my mind I just told God, “I’m not testing You. I don’t think I’m suppose to.”
But the week after. Yep. You got it. It happened again. Way cool!
He hears my heart cries. Amazing. I didn’t have to give a long spiel to get Him to hear me…He just knew. And, of course, He desires that we pray with one another so why wouldn’t He give me my request? It was within His will to do so.
Our God is personal.
He cares about our thoughts.
He cares about our hopes.
Our dreams. Our hurts. Our fears.
He is listening.
And He cares.
It was a simple lesson. But one I dearly needed to learn.
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that,
if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask,
we know that we have the requests
which we have asked from Him.
~1 John 5:14-15
Give all your worries and cares to God,
for He cares about what happens to you.
~1 Peter 5:7