Have you ever got mad with God for answering your prayer? Is it just me?
The other day, a friend was experiencing a major crisis. We prayed together and BOOM! The next morning our prayers were answered.
Now, while I was excited and happy for my friend and we rejoiced in the Lord together, I have to admit, I was a little like, “God, what the heck?” I have been crying out to God for years about a similar circumstance and have not seen a breakthrough.
I wonder if Abraham felt the same way? He had been waiting for his child of promise for a long time. While he waited, he prayed for Ambilech’s houseold. And BOOM! The wombs in Amibilech’s household were all opened.
I can just see Abraham looking at Sarah’s barren womb and thinking, “God, what in the world?”
But perhaps, there is a godly principle in the middle of all of this.
Too often, we believe the lie we can’t minister to others until we are complete. But there is power in praying for others when you need prayer; contending for someone who is sick while you are in pain; laying hands on others when you need someone to lay hands on you; giving when you are in need.
When we are people who trust in God, we bear fruit even in our season of drought. We always have something to give.
Friends, the enemy wants to keep you focused on your own problems, inwardly focused. He wants you to believe the lie you are too damaged, too sick, too needy to pray for others or minister to others. Don’t buy the lie.
God’s people never stop bearing fruit.
Abraham prayed for Ambilech in Genesis chapter 20. Sara’s womb was opened in Chapter 21. Coincidence? Perhaps. But I don’t think so. Maybe as we sow seeds of faith, hope, and the power of God in others lives, those seeds will be watered in our lives.
Maybe our breakthrough comes when we pray for others as we want to be prayed for.
If you feel as if you are waiting on God, remember this promise:
““But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT
Go pray for someone today and take your eyes off your own needs.