James 1:17; NIV

All throughout the Bible, we see God answering prayers. Abraham’s wish for a child with his wife Sarah; David’s prayer for protection; Solomon’s prayer for wisdom; and so forth.

God may not always answer prayers the way we expect, but know this: God loves you, and He wants what’s best for you.

Are you praying for a spouse, but just had a relationship end? Do you need healing, but the health reports haven’t improved in 12 months? Do you need provision, but the bills and financial demands just keep rolling in? God cares. Deeply. For you. Maybe the person you were in a relationship with wasn’t meant to be your future spouse; God has someone better picked out just for you. We see from A to B, but God sees from A to B to C all the way to Z. We can’t always understand what’s going on, but we can know this:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28; NIV)

And this…

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17; NIV)

And if you have accepted Jesus’ finished work on the cross, you are the righteous. You are forever reconciled to God; a beloved child of the almighty Almighty.

God hears your prayer; and He answers your prayer. Not always as quickly as we’d like. Not always in the way we’d like. But always in His perfect timing, and His perfect will.

God is a good God. The Bible says: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:7; NIV)

God — your heavenly Father — gives good gifts. And He wants to shower you with good gifts. You don’t have to understand His plan all the time; you just “have to” believe. He will work it all out for your good. Trust Him.

Say (!) this: God, help me trust You. Help me have faith in You and that You only want what’s best for me. Even when circumstances seem impossible, and I feel like I’m drowning, help me trust in You. Thank You! (Or, of course, in your own words)