If there’s one thing I know about God, it’s that He hears when we call. As a matter of scriptures, He’s ever ready, ever able, and ever willing to help us when we call upon Him. Also, there’s nothing too hard or impossible for Him to do.
So the problem isn’t that God didn’t hear you when you prayed, it’s that He has not answered. It’s one thing to hear and another to answer. Just because He heard doesn’t guarantee that He’d manifest the answer. Let me show you a few scriptures:
1 John 5:
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Did you see that? Everytime we pray according to God’s will, He hears us. If your prayer was made by your understanding of scriptures, then you should know in your heart that He heard you, and that you have the petition that you desired of him.
I’ve told you before that whenever God says you have something, He’s simply referring to your potential in the spirit. It will now require alignment with certain laws to manifest them. For instance, God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, yet you’d remain poor if you’re not a giver.
So God may hear and even grant us our petition, but it would require alignment to laws to manifest the answers physically.
17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
After you’ve prayed, start creating a system to accommodate the growth or thing you prayed for. The result you seek may not come to the present version of you. Many times, a restrain is not necessarily demonic; rather, it’s an indication that an upgrade needs to be made. According to that scripture, you cannot put new wine in an old wine skin. Both the old and new wine skins are still wine skins, but the condition for getting new wine is to get a new wine skin. If the results you seek isn’t coming to the present version of you, then you need to upgrade yourself.
There’s this song that sings, “Do something new in my life, oh Lord”. Many of us sang that song; in fact, many people still do. But oftentimes, it’s not about God doing something new, it’s about taking responsibility to create a system that can accommodate the new thing you’re praying for. Sometime ago we had a leadership meeting with Bishop David Oyedepo, and our focus was on growing the church. Just while I was thinking that he’d ask us to pray and fast, he said God told him that if we want to see growth in the church, then we should create a system to accommodate the growth. We started expanded and furnishing the tents around the tabernacle to accommodate the overflow that usually stood outside. We insisted that anyone who came while service was already on must wait in the tents for the next service – so that they can receive their full blessing. We did these and many more. And truly, we began to experience growth.
That widow with the jar of oil would have been a multi-billionaire, but unfortunately, she didn’t have enough vessels to take more oil. I learnt a very powerful lesson from that woman, never to make a prayer that you don’t have a lasting system to accommodate. We’re told that the oil stopped flowing the moment there was no more empty jar. The problem wasn’t the flowing oil, but the empty jars.
I read something in Isaiah chapter 65 that further elucidates this.
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Just look at that, verse 24 was actually the main agenda; God wanted to bring them to a place where before they even call upon Him, He has already answered. But He began by creating new heavens and a new earth. This is so important.
Think about it for a moment, you’ve been praying to God to expand your business, if God gives you the president as a client, would you be able to service the needs of the president with your current capacity? If your answer is “NO”, then all you need to do is to start developing yourself, including your employees. Possibly, do an upgrade in the administrative system of the company. Increase will never come to a place where there is no space to accommodate the increase. God hates waste.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!