On praying: How to listen to God's answers

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Child praying over her Bible.

The most integral part of Christian life is the prayer. As a Christian, prayer is the best way to communicate with God, but what if God seems so silent?

Prayer is the bridge that connects people to God. It is a silent conversation with Him. It is like a comforting pillow and refreshing water, in times of loneliness and troubles. It is like God's warm embrace, in times of joy and victory.

Prayers give Christians the assurance that they will always be heard by God.

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24)."

Even though someone may have believed in his prayer, but the timing is not right, God may not give the answer just yet. But God does not want anyone to be anxious.

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6)."

God's voice cannot be literally heard. Hence, he gives signs and signals. What if, in spite of praying unceasingly, God does not seem to be listening?

"All of us experience moments of fatigue and discouragement, especially when our prayers seem ineffective. And it is the prayer which keeps the faith, without this, the faith wavers," Pope Francis said to an audience in Vatican.

Yes, there are times when God stays silent. It can be painful and boring, but there is beauty in waiting for God's timing and answers.

Prayer is a testament of faith in God, who may or may not grant what we pray for. If He means "wait," we must be willing to wait, and stay patient; because God knows His will and His perfect timing.

Human life is God's design. It is He who knows each and every part of it. So when God seems so quiet, trust that He knows what He is doing as He is always in control.

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