I would be.
Peter’s friends were. Despite their “earnest” prayers for him (Acts 12:5), they were “astonished” when told that he was at the door (v. 14-16).
I believe wholeheartedly that God must deny many – probably the majority – of our prayers for our own good. Our hearts are so wayward, and there are few things better to pull them away from worldly things and back to him than to deny their prayers. We don’t need things. We need God.
But I also believe it’s possible to misappropriate this concept and use it as a cover-up for simple unbelief. That’s my testimony. And that is not good, either.
I can only speak for myself, but I think we’ve all experienced it. We have prayed to God…we have made a specific supplication…we have interceded for someone else. Then, sometimes immediately, sometimes shortly after and sometimes much later we see God answer that prayer…that supplication…that intercession, just as we asked.
Sometimes it’s exactly as we asked. While others it may not be exactly as we asked but, we can still clearly see it was an answer to our prayer.
Then it happens. That emotion that reveals our true level of faith. I’m not saying an absence of faith, but the true level of our faith. Our emotional response to God answering our prayer.
Have you ever been surprised when God answers your prayer? Surprised when we already know what He promised…
John 14:13-14 (NKJV)
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father…
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