At the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising out of the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” (1 Kings 18:44)
It’s way too easy to conclude that God is not hearing or answering our prayers. I can’t even begin to estimate how many times I have done this. But, as can be seen in this Bible verse, God doesn’t always come through with jaw-dropping miracles. Sometimes, He answers our prayers gradually, in ways that can be easily overlooked.
Here’s what I wrote in Give Up Worry For Good…
Unfortunately, we sometimes fail to see the Lord working miraculously in our lives. This may happen because we’re skeptical or it may occur because the miracles are rather ordinary. We sometimes attribute them to luck or happenstance, instead of divine intervention. The prophet Elijah knew better. When he prayed for rain in the midst of a three-and-a-half-year drought, the smallest fist-shaped cloud was all he needed to see. He knew that the dry spell was over and acted accordingly. The rain was on its way!
As I suggest in the book, take some time today and look for a sign that God is responding to your prayers. It might be a very small sign, so be sure to ask the Holy Spirit to help you. When you find even the tiniest, tiny sign, thank God and keep on praying. He always hears and answers our prayers, but not always in the way we expect.