Answers to Prayers - Maybe
A Maybe - Answer
For you to receive an answer that is neither yes nor no, depends on your own attitude and what you do. There are answers that will come to manifestation depending on whether you obey what God told you to do in the first place. You have asked God for a job in a particular industry but never submitted an application for it. Since God is not going to complete your application the answer to your prayers will not manifest. If you apply and it is according to the will of God, your dream job may come true.
You can ask God to help you with your exams so that you can achieve the grades required for admission into your favourite university but if you do not put in the study hours and do the needful for the exams, you may not receive the response you wanted. If you study as you should there is possibility for the Spirit of God to remind you of things you have read and revised. He can jog your memory in response to your request for help, only if the knowledge is there in the first place through studying and hard work.
God provides but sometimes you may have to take steps in order for you to receive your answers. God will tell you what to do. Do not assume you know what he is going to say. God may not use the person you are pointing to. In fact, you do not know that person’s real situation but God does. God sent Elijah to be fed by a widow, who was on her last meal. There were wealthy people in the area but God did not send Elijah there. If you tell someone that you took a widow’s last meal, you would be condemned immediately and hear more negative things about the way you behaved. Obedience to God may turn your friends and families into enemies.
A Christian sister had financial problems. She was earning very little, though working full time. All the income was going on her train fare to work and rent for the one-bedroom apartment she was living in. After paying the bills she had no money left. One day, she tried to borrow money from the bank to live off, but that did not work. She paid for food with her credit cards. There was no relative to turn to for help. She prayed and asked God to help her financially.
The response was not what she was expecting. She hoped God would provide her with a new job with better pay or a promotion but she was unsuccessful at all her interviews. God's response was for her to move out of a 1 bedroom apartment into a self-contained room within a multiple occupancy house. She should travel by bus to work instead of travelling by train. The train took just over 30 minutes to the closest station to her workplace. The bus took 2 hours.
Over the next 6 months, the sister paid off all her debts and credit cards. She helped pay off someone else's rent arrears, and a lot of money to save in her bank account. At the end of her 6 month tenancy she was able to rent a 1 bedroom apartment and travel by train to work. Soon after that, she got a more senior role with a higher pay with another company.
God answered her prayers and told her what to do. At the time, she was mocked for downgrading and was told the devil was trying to steal her blessings. If she had not obeyed God she would have been declared bankrupt or become mentally unhealthy. God knew what she should do to get back on her feet.
Pride hinders us from receiving the blessings from God. It leads to disobedience. All we do is give excuses why we should not obey but we assumed God would not want to humiliate us. In fact, God wants to deal with pride and it comes with humiliating experience.
I listened to an online preaching once from a highly regarded minister of God. At the end, he told his audience that God will miraculously pay off their debts and they would be free. Do not get me wrong. I believe in miracles. I believe that someone into your life and pay off all the mortgage, credit cards, and debts that you owe.
I only wished the audience was also taught some financial management and sometimes, God does not just miraculously pay off the debts because we pray in the name of Jesus unless it is according to his will. The bible states "and this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." 1 John 5: 14-15.
Sometimes he wants us to act out our faith before we receive what we asked for. If you believe God is guiding you and answered your prayers, you will obey his leading.
We have God all worked out. He said "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV.
God is focused on giving us an expected end that would do us good. Faith is not all about believing. It is about walking. You have to walk in Faith and do things by faith. God uses people and anything to provide us with answers to our prayers, and sometimes you have to take that step of faith and reach out to receive it, otherwise you do not get your `yes' answer you sat waiting for.
Ask God for whatever you want and wait. Sometimes he will give it to you. At other times he will tell you how to receive it. It may require you moving to another part of the country, leaving your friends and extended family behind. If pride gets in the way you may lose out. For example if you need help and God sent someone you never expected to help you because of what you think of that person’s ability, so you politely turn down the offer. Then you wait for God to miraculously sort things out or send someone you would approve of. You have turned down God's answer to your prayers.