Have you ever prayed long and hard for something, only to see someone else receive their answer, but you didn't?
That can be discouraging. But I want to encourage you today: Don't stop believing! The devil wants you to think there's some kind of quota, and if someone else got blessed, there's not enough for you. That's so completely untrue!
Mark 11:24b says, "Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them."
In other words, believe you receive your answer right when you pray. Then it doesn't matter what you see or what you don't see. It doesn't matter what other people have or don't have. You have your answer, because God's Word says you have it.
Not long ago, one of my single friends was discouraged, and she said to me, "Everyone else seems to be getting married, and I'm not. I try not to be mad at them, but it's so unfair. I've been believing much longer than they have."
I felt compassion for her and her situation. Those are just the kinds of situations the enemy likes to use to discourage us, to get us to throw down our faith and stop believing.
But listen: Does another person's answer to prayer take anything away from you? Is there a limited supply of God's blessings?
The answer to both those questions is no. Someone else's prayer getting answered doesn't rob you of anything. If you're believing for a new car and your neighbor gets one just like the one you've prayed to get, that doesn't mean you won't get one too. That isn't the only car available.
In fact, you're in the same line as the person who got his prayer answered! You have the same God, who loves to bless and increase you (Read "If Anyone's Going to Come Out On Top, It's Going To Be You")
Rejoicing keeps you in position to receive.
This article originally appeared at karenjensen.org.
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