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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thanking God When He Answers Prayers

In review of Habakkuk 3:2a it says, “O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe…”

Bottom Line:
I have heard all about you Lord, and I worship you in awe

What this means to me:
I have heard and see all the things you have done Lord, and I’m amazed at what you have done. I worship you in awe.

As I look to hear God, it’s important to worship him. I need to thank him for being a part of and for being interested in the details of my life. I should thank him for answering my prayers: “O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe…” (Habakkuk 3:2a TLB).  God will give me a vision. God will give me a dream. I know what God wants me to do, so now I thank God for answering my prayer. It’s part of worshiping God.

I need to stop seeing my prayers as a monologue and to start seeing them for what they truly are: a dialogue. Prayer is a conversation with God. God hears me when I pray and he answers me when I ask questions. He wants to talk to me every day. If I will faithfully talk to God every day throughout the day, it has the power to revolutionize my life.

What I’m learning is that in order to hear God there are three levels of knowing Him: recognition, acquaintance, and friendship. God wants me beyond the recognition and acquaintance levels and living at the friendship level. He wants to be my friend and he wants me to be his. God wants for me to talk with him all the time.

I’m reminded of this prayer from Rick Warren that I have encorporated into my daily quiet times, “Dear God, I'm amazed that you would want me for a friend. I really want to learn to have conversations with you. Help me to spend time with you everyday. Thank you that you care about every detail of my life. Jesus, I want to know you more and more every day and I want to depend on you for guidance in my job, my family, my future and in every other area of my life. I invite you to be the manager of my life, my Lord and Savior as I follow you and trust you. In your name I pray, Amen.”

I’m also reminded to thank God for all of his answered prayer, whether it went the way I wanted it to or not.  I realize that God knows what is best for me.  While my desires may be one way, he knows what’s best for me and the right timing. I just need to thank Him for arranging things that are best for me.  I just need to be obedient, continuing to do what he has already revealed to me.