SEPTEMBER 17, Psalm 40:1

Over family devotion one evening, Dad read from Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry”, Dad read slowly. He looked up. “That’s a good verse for us,” he said. “We need to be patient and wait for the Lord to help us.”

“But we’ve prayed and prayed, and things are not getting any better,” said Jack with a frown. “Why doesn’t God answer our prayers? Things have been going bad for so long!”

“Yeah,” agreed Janet. “You’re still out of work, Dad, and Mom’s still sick in the hospital.”

“And now even the toilet is not working properly!” added Jack. “It almost seems like God doesn’t really answer prayers at all.”

“Well,” said Dad, “God always answers the prayers of Christians, but He doesn’t always say yes. He sometimes says “no”, or He just wants us to be patient. Jack, do you remember when Janet got her first two-wheel bike?”

“I remember!” exclaimed Janet. She grinned. “Jack begged for one, too, but it wouldn’t have done him any good to have one. He was too little to ride it.”

Dad nodded. “When you were old enough, we were happy to get you a bike, Jack,” Dad said to Jack. “It’s like that with God. He knows what’s right for us.” If something is good for us, He’ll give it to us at just the right time.”

A few days later, Dad went for an interview. When he returned home, he was smiling. “God answered our prayers,” he said. “Mr. Tan just told me he’d employ me to be his driver!”

“Wow! God did work things out!” exclaimed Jack. “I guess I should have known He would.”

“But what about Mom?” asked Janet. “She’s still not back home.” Dad nodded. “We’ll keep on praying for Mom,” he said. “God will work out the very best plan for her life, too. Let’s trust Him to do that.”

Thought: Are you sometimes impatient when your prayers do not seem to be answered?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me to be patient, and to be willing to accept Your will even if the answer is “No”. In Jesus’ name I pray – Amen.