God Answers our Prayers – and He Knows Best

Dianne’s story from The Difference Jesus Makes

I have discovered prayer is very important in the Christian walk. Over the years God has answered countless prayers covering many areas in my life. Sometimes His answers were not the same as my expectations. As a young Christian this could disappoint or even annoy me. However with the passing of time and gaining experience, I acknowledge that God is all knowing of past, present and future. He also knows each person’s heart and mind thoroughly. Because of His perfect love for everyone He desires the best for us in any difficult or joyous situation. In contrast I have limited understanding of even my own needs in any circumstance let alone the needs of others. My love is tinged with imperfections. So, although not always understanding how God chooses to answer prayers, I have learnt His wisdom far surpasses my own. The wisest thing I can do is trust Him safe in the conviction no prayer goes unheard by Him.      Diane



In the seventeenth century a Roman Catholic Frenchman named Francois  Fenelon wrote these words about prayer.

“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend.  Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them, talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and to others.

If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust the subject … People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back, neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration they say just what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved conversation with God.”




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