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God hears

I read something great this morning and I really felt like sharing it with you:
"God's timing is not ours to command.  
If we do not start the fire with the first strike 
of our match, we must try again. 
God does hear our prayer
but He may not answer it at the precise time
we have appointed in our own minds.
Instead, He will reveal Himself to our seeking hearts,
 though not necessarily when and where we may expect.
Therefore we have a need for perseverance 
and steadfast determination in our life of prayer...
May we, therefore, never despair. 
God's time for mercy will come--
in fact, it has already come, 
if our time for believing has arrived.
Ask in faith without wavering, 
but never cease to petition the King 
simply because He has delayed His reply.  
Strike the match again and make the sparks fly. 
Yet be sure to have your tinder ready, 
for you will get a fire before long."

~Charles Spurgeon, Streams in the Desert

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