God is Listening… and Answering!

This is a post from Jessica M., a lady who is beautiful inside and out.

The other day I was discussing prayer with a group of friends. We talked about this powerful quote from Elder Jeffery R. Holland:

"God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He
always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe."

And I thought to myself, “Do I really expect God to answer me?”

We talked about how we remember what we have prayed for and how we recognize answers.

And I thought to myself, “Do I remember what I prayed for this morning?”

The answer was no.

“If I can’t remember what I prayed for, how can I recognize if God is answering?”

And all of the sudden, I realized that I probably do not recognize God’s hand in my life as much as I
should. I have missed so many opportunities to feel of His love, to understand who He is as my Father, and to gain a greater appreciation for how many times He really does answer me.

Those times when I felt God wasn’t listening, I was probably the one not listening or noticing.

My friends and I left that discussion with a commitment- to record what we prayed for, review those
things, and then to record the answers we received.

I started that night. I recorded 5 things I prayed for.

The next evening, as I reviewed the list, I found 4 of the 5 things had been answered. In less than
24 hours. I was surprised. The Spirit touched my heart, as if telling me, “I’ve been here. I’ve been
answering. And this isn’t an uncommon occurrence.”

I again recorded what I prayed for and the next day reviewed and recorded the answers.

I’ve been doing this for over 2 weeks now. And I am overwhelmed to realize each day that my prayers are being answered. There are so many blessings in my life, and I am so grateful I am seeing God’s hand more clearly in my life. It has changed everything!

The Book of Mormon frequently teaches the importance of “remembering”. And I am beginning to
better understand why.

I know God answers prayers. I know He wants to answer our prayers. And I know He wants us to
understand and see that He is there always. My faith in Him has grown as my understanding of His
character has grown. And I feel I better understand my relationship to Him.

God lives. God hears. God speaks. God loves.


3 comments:

  1. I'll have to give that a try. I imagine that doing this also helps you really consider more thoughtfully what you ask God for.

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  2. Wonderful! I did that on my mission a few times and was amazed. I need to do it again!

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  3. I love writing down the things I pray for and the answers to my prayers. It's so true that every morning and night and anytime in between when we pray, He listens! We have to listen too! And when we record our thoughts and feelings and desires during our prayers, we can often look back and see God's hand in every single step.
    Love this! Thanks you!

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