Every praying and devoted child of God trusts infinitely in his mercy and might. With every falling on your knees and calling to God the father, you hold the conviction that he will never fail.
But, sometimes, due to our guilt or impatience, we start questioning if God is really listening. If the promotion you’ve asked for takes too long, you wonder if being an active servant in the Lord’s church is worth it. Does it feel like your prayers for peace, academic excellence, children etc are trapped in the room with you?
Remember that our Lord will never grant to any child of His that which will destroy him. He gives to each of us in his own time and according to his will. His will supersedes our desires and that delay might be because he has answered those prayers in the way most fitting for our situation. Here are 10 trusted signs that God is answering your prayers even if your carnal mind disagrees:
If after saying a prayer and you no longer feel your troubles weighing on you like they used to, this is a good sign that God is making a way for you.
Your spiritual mind is thus, telling you subconsciously that you should not worry or tarry. Your father in heaven will provide your needs as he promised in Philippians 4:19 – “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
2. A BIBLE VERSE COMES TO MIND
Sometimes in the midst of our darkest sorrows and suffering, the Lord ministers to us. He puts in our mind’s parts of his everlasting word that will strengthen and give us succour.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
If in pain or tribulations, you receive an inspiration about a bible verse which brings peace when you read it, this is a sign that God is on his way to granting you your own favours or has answered it in the way best suited for you.
3. FEELING GOD’S PRESENCE
If you feel awe and peace in your life. If in the most trying times you are reassured by an unseen presence, be sure that the Lord has not deserted you. He is faithfully charting a path to the fulfilment of your destiny.
4. PLANTING A VISION OR DESIRE IN YOUR HEART
God could direct your focus to what is most important for your salvation. He answers prayers by speaking to your mind and setting you on the path to fulfilment.
For example, if you’ve prayed so much for a promotion and suddenly start tilting towards rendering service instead of obsessing about material wealth.
He has put into your mind the need to grow into a better child of his who will serve like our Lord Jesus Christ. At a later time, when he has groomed you enough, he will give you the recognition and promotion you deserve.
5. A VOICE SPEAKING TO YOU
The Lord has often manifested himself in this way to different people. Like he did to Samuel, Saul and many men in the bible, he could reach out and speak the truth of the word to give you guidance. So, when that calm, collected voice gives you the assurance, resign yourself to the knowledge that God will never fail you.
Dreams are a portent medium for receiving messages from God. If in the event of making intercessions for a need and you receive a message through a dream, know that God has proven himself yet again. He will never discard for he has asserted his love and value for you in Matt. 10:31 “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
7. THROUGH THE GODLY COUNSEL OF OTHERS
The church of Christ is filled with wise elders and people filled with the spirit. These people could be used by the Lord as vessels for the answering of prayers.
God’s community of believers could be instrumental to the answering of your prayers in fulfilment of His injunction; “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2). With this, evaluate the counsel you receive against God’s word to make sure it is sound and in accordance with God’s word.
8. THROUGH THE DREAM OF OTHERS
If you have been seeking God’s intervention in your life, he could manifest your answers through the dream of others. This is especially true if you have never stated what that need was to the person. God uses his children as vessels and may speak the truth of your situation through another person who does his will and pleases him.
If you have been praying for deliverance from a bad habit or illness, healing can visit you without signalling. It could be in the form of a withdrawal from old habits or a disappearance of pain from the affected body. This is a vivid sign that God has answered your prayers.
10. VISIONS AND TRANCES
Prayers and intercessions have been answered through visions and trances. The legendary doctor, Ben Carson once testified that God revealed the questions to his exams the night before in a dream. This came at a trying point in his life when he felt he could no longer go on.