God answers my prayers, but usually, it does not happen fast. It often takes much more time than anticipated; sometimes years… Prayer is like watering a garden ~ you can see instant results in the dryness of the soil; a refreshing and brightening of the leaves is almost instantaneous. But fruitfulness takes time… Sometimes much more time.
We once did an experiment at the nursing home. We took 5 pots of soil and planted tomato seeds in them, but we only watered 4 of them. For several weeks I brought the 5 pots to show the progress and growth of the plants. It was over 2 – 3 weeks before they began to sprout. Then we slowly began to see significant growth; that is, in the pots that received water. The dry pot never did produce anything.
We used this as an example of how important prayer is to our journeys. I would like to remind all of us how important prayer is to our efforts in our care home ministries, families, workplaces, churches…
In our experiment, I used the same sized pots, soil from the same bag, seeds from the same packet. The presence of the water (or lack thereof) was what made the difference. So with our ministries: we can do all the right physical things, but without prayer, the quality of our fruit will be in direct proportion with God’s intervention in response to our requests.
I have learned that when our hearts are in tune with God’s Will, God wills to answer our prayers. But we must first be totally willing to sincerely pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done ~ in Your way, in Your time and for Your glory.” This can be a difficult prayer when we feel entitled to our answers.
I have also learned that there are seasons, and we need not fret during the wintry-barren seasons. Rather, we need to continue in faith and hope; seeking the face of God who delights in our fruitfulness. Jesus promised fruitfulness, and fullness of joy to His disciples. I encourage you to read what Jesus promised about this in John 15:1-17.
May you have the best and most fruitful year ever!
In Christ our Lord,