Scripture: Genesis 17:20-21
“And as for Ishmael, I have heard you…But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”
After Abraham tries to negotiate God down from giving him another son to simply blessing the son he already has, God does both! That’s how gracious God is. He listens to Abraham’s request but still does what He originally planned.
Do you believe that God listens to and answers your prayers too? Even when we can’t see how God is working all things for our good, and we pray something less than what God wants to do, He still takes our requests into serious consideration. He’s a loving and generous Father who shows that He wants to be in a genuine relationship with us by hearing our prayers and acting on them.
What sort of relationship would we have with God if we prayed to Him but He ignored us and simply went on with His plan?
That’s not the sort of self-absorbed Person He is. He doesn’t want a one-sided relationship. He respects you enough to listen to you and take your requests seriously.
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