Prayers Aren’t Always Answered Right Away

Friday, December 18, 2020
by Elva Gilkerson


“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1

After a divorce many years ago, I was very lonely, and was working 60+ hours a week just to keep busy. I prayed unceasingly that God would send someone into my life who would be a good person, and that we would be compatible in all ways. This was an ongoing prayer for more than a decade.

Then there was a man who came in to where I was working. He seemed nice, but by this time I had put up a protective shield around myself. We talked, but I would not go out with him. Then a friend, a state policeman, made a point one day to come to me and speak on this man’s behalf, telling me he was a very nice, honorable, trustworthy person. I trusted this friend, not knowing at the time that he was sent by God.

To make a long story short, we dated and were married in three months, and our friend, the state policeman, was my husband’s best man.

We didn’t know at first how much we really were compatible. We discovered many coincidences as time went by. You see, he had lost his wife two years before we met. We both grew up on farms that were less than ten miles apart and had never heard of each other. We were to discover many likenesses in every way because of our heritages.

In later years we came to know this was God’s plan all along, and our prayers had been answered. It was not in our time frame, but as God had intended.

So, don’t get discouraged if your prayers aren’t answered as fast as you would like. Always have faith that there is hope for the future.


Dear Father, Forgive us for not having enough faith and for not trusting You to answer our prayers. You are our hope. Amen.