Answers to Your Prayers Are Not Always About You


Praying Through the Bible #57 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Psalm 64

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 56 messages in this series.

This is message #57, titled “Answered Prayer: It’s Not Always About You”

Have you ever wondered why it seems like God takes a long time to answer your prayers? Have you ever wondered why He chooses to answer them the way He does? When things like this happen, we often simply say, “God is in control” or “God knows what’s best.” However, our passage for today shows us three reasons why God answers prayer in the way and at the times He does. It also shows us that answered prayer is not always about us.

Psalm 64 is another psalm of David dating from the time when he was being pursued and persecuted by Saul. We see in the first verses that David asks God to preserve his life from his enemies — not only those who are seeking to kill him physically but those who are slandering him and lying on him. David says their “bitter words” are like “arrows” and that they sharpen their tongues like swords. No doubt, Saul probably ran a smear campaign against David to get the people of Israel on his side. So, while David’s enemies are secretly plotting against him, he takes the matter to the Lord as he often does.

God, of course, delivers David, but in this passage, we catch a glimpse of three reasons why God answers our prayers the way He does.

1. God answers our prayers the way He does in order to draw us closer to Him. David prays in verse 1, “Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer…” Sometimes, God allows problems in our lives so that we will begin to pray to Him. Frankly, when things are going well, most of us do not pray as we should. We see God as a cosmic fireman whom we call on to put out the fires in our lives. But, God does not want that kind of relationship with us.

2. Sometimes, God answers our prayers in a certain way in order to reveal something to others. Referring to David’s enemies, our passage states, ” But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.” In the historical context of this psalm, we see that others are watching as God repeatedly delivers David from the hand of Saul. The people of Israel are seeing that God is evidently on David’s side. Despite what Saul says, many will not believe that David is the bad person Saul is trying to make people believe he is.

3. God answers our prayer in a certain way to encourage others. Verse 10 says that when God delivers David from Saul, “The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.” Sometimes, the answer to your prayer is not for your benefit only, but for the benefit of others in the body of Christ.

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