Many times when we don’t see God at work right away, we take it as a sign that our prayers haven’t been answered. God doesn’t always give us a “yes” or “no,” but often it’s a “not right now.”
“Hand in hand at the altar
In tears of celebration
We’d never seen them smile like this before
She’d spent her life ‘a prayin’
On bended knee ‘a stayin’
And this morning he surrendered to the Lord
There’s a message in her story
Only God can get the glory
When a child of His keeps knocking at the door
“It pays to pray
It pays to call upon His name
It pays to pray
To see a miracle displayed
You’ll forget the word, “impossible”
When you seek the Savior’s face
You’ll know He will make a way
It pays to pray”
The song “It Pays to Pray” by Greater Vision is a reminder that when we get those “not right now” answers, it does pay to pray and remain consistent in your prayer life. This song was written by Rodney Griffin about his father-in-law. For years he prayed daily for his father-in-law’s salvation, and wrote this song in faith that one day he would accept Christ. He eventually did, and actually passed away earlier this year.
I also have a family member whose salvation I’m praying for and have been for years. I continue to pray in faith that one day I’ll see him go before the altar and make his decision to follow Christ. This song gives the assurance that it does pay to pray. It can be discouraging when after a long time you don't see the results that you want. But God is listening. We can’t stop believing and having faith, because He always hears us.
I love the part in the chorus that says we can forget the word impossible when we seek Him. Even if our prayers seem inconceivable, we serve a God who with Him all things are possible.
“Prayer is just as big as God is.
Prayer is just as strong as God is strong
Prayer can reach as far as God can reach.
Don’t ever give up just pray.”
We can’t give up on praying even if that means bringing the same request to God day after day for years. It does pay to pray.