Answered Prayers

Today, I was reminded of how we pray for things and act like it’s no big deal when God answers it. I was convicted of that today. I took my mother this morning for a follow up appointment after she had a horrible reaction to eye drops. She ran into several dead ends for successful treatment until last Monday. Today, the doctor encouraged her to finish her latest medication and schedule an eye exam. My first thought was, “I’m glad this is finally over because my mom has suffered long enough with no answers.” Then God reminded me, “I answered your prayer and the prayers of those who prayed over her during worship. Don’t forget to give me the glory.”

When was the last time God answered your prayer? How did you act? Did you act like someone who got his/her way, or did you recognize that God moved in a way that no human being could?

I hate that I brushed through and almost missed that God did a miracle. The doctors were bouncing her around, and the answer was not in our timing. One thing came from the delay – we appreciated the answer more.

When God answers your prayer, don’t take Him for granted. Stop and recognize the source of the blessing.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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