When your faith is tested and you are going through a rough time, whom are you going to look at to meet your needs? I will share with you what could be going on in the spirit realm while you wait on the Lord.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
What beautiful words. Present your requests and prayers to God. All He requires is that you believe and have faith and it will be yours.
Have you ever felt that maybe a prayer was unheard or just unanswered?
Have you ever felt tormented by the enemy or by life itself and asked God for relief with seemingly no response?
I think at some point we have all been there. And though we know the Lord is a good and faithful God we can feel alone and unheard at times.
My experience forever changed my perspective on praying and having my prayers answered.
This summer I have spent more time than ever in my life developing a deeper intimacy with Christ and the Holy Spirit. By changing some areas in my life I believe this angered the enemy greatly. The closer you want to get to God, the more the enemy wants to tear you away from him. The enemy can try, but he doesn’t have that kind of power. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
I soon would experience a rough period of testing and attacks from the enemy. My faith and trust was tested the most.
I was plagued by horrible nightmares.
One night specifically I prayed aloud that I would have peaceful dreams and rest. That night I had experienced one of the worst nightmares I had ever experienced in my life. I mean the worst dream you could ever imagine. It left me very confused and angered. I prayed a specific prayer that I don’t always pray and had it completely thrown back in my face.
It was clearly an attack on the enemy, but why? Why could he attack my dreams when I specially prayed to God to have good pure dreams?
I spoke with my mom on the subject and she advised me to pray quietly in my mind. The enemy can hear the words we say and the prayers as well. That’s why it’s so important to speak life giving words and not negative oppressing words over ourselves.
I listened to her advise and that night I prayed in my mind that I would have no nightmares and dream peacefully. The night I had another nightmare.
It appeared my prayers were not being answered.
I wasn’t ready to doubt God yet. I prayed continually every single night and every night I had horrible nightmares that made me feel restless during the day and weary at night. I personally like to wake up early in the morning to start my day, and I was sleeping in every day because of these nightmares. They made me physically and mentally exhausted.
Even though I didn’t understand why this was happening I continued to pray. Many nights had passed and still I was having nightmares.
One morning I awoke in a cold sweat from a very violent and disturbing dream. That morning I had enough. I was so sick and tired. Angry and beyond frustrated. Why was this continuing?
Was I doing something wrong? Had I left an open door in my life that was allowing these dreams?
I begged and pleaded with God to tell me why this was happening because I couldn’t take another sleepless night like this again.
I asked for him to reveal to me why this was happening.
Then out of nowhere a thought appeared in my mind. It was the story of Job. A man in the bible who was blameless and upright. He feared the Lord and shunned evil.
The the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. (Job 1:8-12)
The story goes on to the many trails of Job. He was righteous in his own eyes he repented and the Lord forgave him. He also blessed him more then what he originally had.
The point I want to make from this story is I imagined in my mind an evil spirit going to the Lord and saying something like this, “Let me throw fiery darts at her dreams and disrupt her sleep. Watch and see that she will lose her faith in you and truly curse you.”
Then I’d imagine God saying something like this, “You don’t know my daughter like I do. She is a good and faithful servant and I have faith in her.”
When I imagined this in my mind it brought me to tears. I announced out loud, “I do not doubt my faithful God. I know he hears my prayers and will deliver me.”
I wanted to let the enemy know that I trusted God despite my circumstances. I praised God and his holy name and gave him thanks.
That night I had the best sleep I’ve had in a long time. The nightmares stopped completely and my life went on like it always had.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
I want you to know that every prayer you pray is heard, but most importantly is the faith you put behind it. It is impossible to please God without your faith. If you struggle in this area and are not good at putting your trust in the Lord then pray for it. Pray for what you need, and you will receive it.
You must believe and have faith.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.
When the enemy comes against you and is trying to steal your joy and faith, I want you to have a thought like this:
Imagine an evil spirit telling God that you will surely curse him when your prayer is not answered at your own preferable timing. Doesn’t that make you want to believe and have even more faith? Doesn’t that make you want to make God proud and for him to call you good and faithful servant?
God is never absent, always present. The enemy wants to tear down your faith in God and make you doubt him in hard times. Don’t let the enemy have victory in your life. God sent his son so that we can live victoriously. There is power in the name of Jesus. The Holy Spirit was sent to lead us into all truth. There is power available to every believer. Don’t live this life powerless and defeated. Live the way God always intended!
Be faithful in the Almighty and you can never fail!