Some adoptive couples who are waiting for a birth mother to choose them begin to feel like God doesn’t hear their prayers. And when it seems like prayers aren’t being answered, His promises can feel doubtful, His timing questionable, and His lack of intervention hurtful.
But the truth is, God loves us too much to answer our prayers at any other time than the right time. It’s tough to pray through a complicated situation and feel like you’re not getting any answers. Maybe you’ve been there. Maybe you’re there now.
Lifetime wants to speak hope into your heart with three ways to persevere through what seems like unanswered prayers:
1. Trust your prayer makes a difference, even when you can’t tell
It might seem like it’s taking too long to see God’s answers to your prayer for a baby. But actually, you can get an “in the meantime answer” now. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us of the quick answer to every prayer: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The peace of God will guard your heart and mind while you’re waiting for Him to reveal His answer. As you pray, you can trust you’re doing your part, and God will unquestionably do His part.
2. Be confident that the Lord God hears your prayers.
If you’re feeling wary that you’re prayers aren’t being answered, take a look at 1 John 5:14. This passage reminds us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
3. Tell fear to take a hike.
Your prayers are the entryway to feeling a promise you don’t yet see. If you let fear into your heart, it will beg you to focus on your problems more than on His promises. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
We pray these tips will inspire your heart with hope to keep praying. Learn how to trust that the Lord will answer your prayer in the right way, at the right time, with new perspectives you can embrace today.