God’s Unexpected Answers to Prayer

Sometimes I wonder why I bother worrying about anything.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – I Peter 5:7

Over and over again, God has proven himself good and faithful to me and to my family. It’s just that his timetable is different from mine – understandable for One who has lived throughout eternity. He answers my prayers in his good time, and in his own good way.

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Luke 11:10

This week, God answered one of my prayers in a way I never would have considered, and I wondered why I had wasted energy wondering and worrying about the issue.

…your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:32b, 33

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My daughter, Shae, was recently hired by a company in our small town, to do part-time work of all sorts. As a bonus, the business owner turned out to be a lovely Christian woman who was willing to work with Shae’s current schedule. That was part one to an answered prayer. But what really got me, what made me shake my head and look up at the heavens with a grin, was when the same business hired my son, Aidan, as well.

And, on the same day, another business also hired him for additional part-time work.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16b

Aidan is a bit older than Shae, and he’d been looking for a job for a while. Throughout the summer, he checked in with just about every business in town, with no luck. He was told that his name would be at the top of the hiring list at our local grocery store, but he was never called. He was asked to do yard work for an elderly gentleman who ended up never needing him.

And then, Shae happened to mention to her new employer that Aidan was looking for a job as well. When Aidan went to pick up Shae from work, he was hired practically on the spot. That same day, a mechanic down the street told Aidan he could use help on some Saturday mornings.

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We never considered that Aidan and Shae would work at the same place, allowing them to share a vehicle and save time and the cost of gas. We joked that they do nearly EVERYTHING together – home schooling, church activities, and 4-H – and now they are working together as well! But, despite their very different personalities, they get along well and assured us that they don’t mind.

I share this little family story to encourage you that God cares about all the things that concern us, great or small. He answers prayers – such as my prayer for a local job for my son – in an even better way than we could have imagined – such as my daughter and son working together, at a Christian-owned company.

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. – I John 5:14,15

When we pray in faith, he will hear us and will answer our prayers for the best.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20, 21


How has God delighted you with an unexpected answer to prayer? 

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16 thoughts on “God’s Unexpected Answers to Prayer”

  1. I rejoice with you about God’s goodness and timing regarding your kids!
    Allow me to share how our Mighty God answered, quite differently from how I had prayed, for my Dad. My Dad was one of the quietly great people. To say I loved him barely scratches the surface of the depth of my feelings. We were close and blessed to live close enough to each other that we saw each other frequently.
    Shortly after he retired, he was diagnosed with COPD. I prayed fervently for God to restore his health for he was such a great guy and he had so much to share with his grand kids. Yet the disease relentlessly sapped his strength. Though only a ‘one hour a week church man,’ he allowed me to pray and lay hands on him for healing. My devoted prayers went seemingly unheard. Finally, as the end drew very near, Dad and I were alone in the ICU. I asked him pointedly, “What’s next for you?’ He looked at the ceiling and said, “I hope I go up with him.”
    I then responded, ‘How would you like to be certain that you are?” He said yes and I explained who Jesus was and what He has done for all who would believe, Dad professed belief in the Lord and passed from this life into the next 6 peaceful hours later.
    Home later that night, the emotions of watching my hero died swept over me. As I finally fell asleep, the Lord spoke to: “My child, I did hear all your prayers, and I did heal your Dad. He’s with me now.”
    I’m crying now as I type this, remembering again the loving touch of God on me, some 17 years since my Dad went home.
    Sorry to be so long-winded in my response, but God’s touch on my Dad and me is a story that needs to be read and heard.
    Blessings to you, my Sister in Christ,
    Pastor Chuck

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    1. Oh, Pastor Chuck, I have tears in my eyes as well. Thanks so very much for sharing this lovely testimony. What an incredible blessing that your dad was saved and went to Heaven soon thereafter – and what a comfort to hear those loving words from the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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  2. I love this post! I love too, what Pastor Chuck added in the comments as well.

    Our Father not only delights to hear our prayers, but also delights in answering them and bestowing blessings upon us. Sometimes those blessings don’t come as we prayed for or for what we hoped for, but if we trust Christ, we can rest assured that He is doing what is absolutely best for us. One day we’ll get to see how all these blessings (through yeses and nos) worked to tell His greater story.

    I love the part of the story He is allowing you to experience right now. Such joy washes over us when we see our kids’ needs/desires met. Congratulations to both of them! And to you too for raising two seemingly amazing kids who watch out for one another and have the friendship that they do!

    Karyn

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  3. Awesome! I keep telling myself to trust God’s timing. We just got the news about an FA treatment, and I just started my job at a newspaper three months ago, so the timing is serendipitous for me to ask and be given permission to write an article about it. 🙂 Glad to hear about an answered prayer, and I love the photo you made with the pumpkins!

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  4. Beautiful story and wonderful answer to prayer. We have too many instances to share here but we have seen His miraculous provision. Truly worry is such a waste of time for believers committed to being obedient to Jesus. As we are protected by His great love His provision for us is guaranteed by His word. I feel badly for the majority of people that live with ‘self’ and are in continual bondage to fear and worry. They never let Jesus take their ‘self’ nature so they can be free from the tyrant of worry. So very sad.

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    Uncompromising Faith

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