How God Answers Prayers

Psalm 86 contains one of the most powerful and heartfelt prayers of King David.

He prays for protection, mercy and strength. And I love verse 5 which says, “For You, O LORD, are good and ready to forgive and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.”  

You see, David realized that God answers our prayers based on His character, not ours. He answers out of His goodness, mercy and lovingkindness.

Think of it this way. What if God answered our prayers the way we tip waiters?  For example, we may not give a waiter a good tip unless they provide excellent service. If they mess up our order, fail to keep our tea glass full, aren’t friendly, the tip decreases or perhaps vanishes altogether.

What if God answered our prayers based on our service?

Here’s the thing, the waiter’s poor service doesn’t change who we are in Jesus, so should it change how we tip them?

So, two take-a-ways from this verse.

  1. Let’s be thankful that God answers our prayers based on who He is.
  2. Let’s remember who we are in Christ and treat others accordingly.
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