I felt the Lord leading me to repost this, with a few changes. May it cause you to ponder.
Sliding into bed, I felt the cool softness of the freshly laundered sheets against my hot skin. I plopped my tired head down on the cushy pillow and sighed.
I soon slipped away into that land of make-believe, that place of fantasy where thoughts and experiences of the day merge to produce an IMAX full-color dream.
Darkness surrounded me. I walked some time on a dusty, dirt path until it ended.
In the blink of a moment, I found myself standing before a beautiful, ivy-covered door. I must have triggered an alarm because a heavenly figure appeared and opened the door, beckoning me to come in.
Skittish, I thought about asking who he was and what his function was, but he answered before I could ask, “I am a servant of the Lord. It is my job to help the Lord develop answers to prayer.”
Once inside, he silently led me down a long hall. I kept hearing bells sounding. We stopped at what appeared to be a workshop with a multitude of heavenly figures busy at work.
My guide motioned for me to look around.
I watched as the workers appeared to weave cords together. Wondering what they were doing, I turned to ask my guide, but he disappeared. And just as the thought entered my mind, I heard the Lord immediately answer me…
“These are My servants who weave the elements of answers to prayers with the cords of thoughts, words, deeds, actions, and circumstances of those on earth who pray.”
I became aware of a loud ticking and noticed a very large clock on the wall. I also noticed each cord had a timer and a scroll attached to it. Curious as to the purpose of this, I formulated the question in my head and the Lord responded…
“Within each scroll is the answer to each prayer. So many elements go into each answer. However, every time a person on earth, who is connected to the advancement of the answer, makes a decision that deviates from My plan and will, the workers must unweave a portion of the cord, back up, and work in a different direction.
“Each deviation from My plan not only changes the process and outcome but also alters the hands on the clock, setting them back and activating a divergent result. I can only bring the best answer when My children obey My will. When answers are ready, the timers go off.”
Ahhh, I thought. That’s what the bells were for. Answered prayers!
The question came to my mind as to what people did that altered or delayed the answers to their prayers. The response came…
“Complaining, wrong choices or attitudes, negativity, impurity, unforgiveness, ingratitude, doubts, worries, all sins and things against My will push the timing back for the answer to be sent. And many others are connected to answers as well. If they only realized the answers are the closest to fruition when they obey.”
Servants then entered the workroom with large boxes marked either with “NO” or “DELAYED” and ripped out the appropriate woven cords, placing them in their boxes. As the servants carried out the boxes to be stored away, tears streamed down their faces.
Oh, Lord, I thought, why are Your servants filled with tears?
“Because they know the results of disobedience. Some who pray become increasingly impatient and frustrated. They falter in their obedience. The faith of some wanes or disappears altogether. They cling to doubts and worries and won’t let go. But those waiting in faithful anticipation and thanksgiving have peace, while peace eludes the others, because of their negativity and lack of trust in Me.”
The Lord’s voice trailed off and the dream ended.
So, I ponder: Do I have any prayers in the workshop awaiting answers? Am I doing anything against God’s will that delays the answers to the prayers of myself or others? If I thought the answer would come more quickly, would I alter my behavior?
What about you?
May all your answers to prayer be urged on by obedience…Lynn