When God answers prayer do you stop and rejoice or make another request?
I was sitting in my war room the other day, and before I even started to pray I stopped and looked at my answered prayer clipboard. Flipping through page after page of answered prayers, I began to feel overwhelmed with God’s goodness.
Give Praise When God Answers Prayer
Tears began to roll down my face, as I gave Him praise and thanksgiving for answering each of those prayers. I knew how fervently my husband and I prayed, standing in the gap for those requests. And at that moment, I was so grateful that we kept track of those answered prayers.
It amazes me when people ask us to pray for them and God answers their prayers; while we are rejoicing with them in the same breath they’re giving us another prayer request. Really?
Asking For Something Else
I know it’s just a prayer request but think of it this way. As a parent, when your children ask for something, and you give it to them; then instead of saying thank you and being content with what you just gave them, they immediately ask you for something else.
How would that make you feel?
Well, when our Heavenly Father answers our prayers, He is waiting for us to take a moment to stop and thank Him for what He has done.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”
~ Psalms 103:2 NLT
Often times when we’re facing uncertain circumstances, we worry if God will come through, forgetting about all the previous times He has.
This blog was birthed from the idea we had to turn our journals into a blog. Our journals are what we used to document the most trying times during our life.
While there are pages after pages outlining in detail our experience of facing trial after trial; there are even more pages that documented victory after victory. In essence, prayers answered over and over and over again!
Reflecting When God Answers Prayer
To this day, there are times we sit on the couch and read pages of our journal reminding us what God has done. It strengthens us, and encourages our faith to know that our God answers prayers.
Documenting your answered prayers can be kept in prayer journals, notebooks, or even something as simple as a clip board with lined paper, like we do in our way room.
(I hang this in my war room and use lined paper that matches the colors of my floor rug.)
We like to think of answered prayer list as our personal record of God’s goodness. Just like when we read our Bible. We read about the promises of God and how faithful He was to meeting the needs and prayers of His people.
The same faithful God read through Genesis to Revelation is the same God that answers prayer in our life.
In The End
It doesn’t matter how you document your answered prayers; it’s just important that you do. So that the next time you find yourself wondering if God answers your prayers, you can remind yourself by looking at what you’ve recorded; that if He did it for you then, HE will do it for you now!
Tell me, how will you keep track of your answered prayers?
~ Timberley Gray