God Answers Prayer!

A Prayer

Did you ask the Lord for patience?
Did you plead for it in prayer?
But when tribulation tried you,
Did you think He didn’t care?
Oh, my child, He heard and answered,
Answered full your earnest cry:
“Tribulation worketh patience!”
Now you know the reason why.

Did you ask Him for submission?
Did you ask for it in prayer?
But when suffering came upon you,
Did you think it wasn’t fair?
Ah, my dear, He heard and answered,
Though not how you wished, ‘tis clear;
For we only learn submission
By the things we suffer here.

‘Twas unselfishness you wanted?
Did you plead for it in prayer?
But the sacrifice He asked for,
Did it seem too great to bear?
Ah, He cared, He heard and answered,
Answered full your heart-felt prayer;
For we learn to be unselfish,
By the sacrifice we bear.

Did you ask the Lord for victory?
Well, He took you at your word!
Tho’ when the battle raged around you,
You wondered if He’d heard.
Ah, my child, He heard and answered,
And He gave you your request:
For how can you win a victory
If you never face a test?

Did you ask to be made humble?
Not to have self-righteous pride?
But then wonder when He published
All your failings far and wide?
Well, my child, that was His answer
To your prayer of desperation:
The surest way to be made humble,
Is to bear humiliation.

Judge not God with mortal’s judgement,
When your prayers are answered so;
For the truest paths for Christians,
Often lead through vales of woe.
And the answers that He gives you,
Will be truly good and fair:
Though you may not understand them
Till you view from over there!

–Josephine Hope Westervelt

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3 Responses to God Answers Prayer!

  1. MInTheGap says:

    It truly is hard to understand, when going through trial, that we are learning to be more like Him and it’s usually the only way.


  2. Simple Truth says:

    Trials work best when there is nowhere else to turn. If we believed that there was somewhere else to turn then sad to say, we would turn that way. Jesus said, “He that putteth his hand to the plough and looketh back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” We turn to Jesus and return to Jesus because there is nothing there to look back at and so we get the victory!


  3. MInTheGap says:

    Which is why so many have to hit rock bottom before they’re able to look up. Indeed!


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