I uttered a simple prayer and He answered it. I was scheduled for a business trip to New Jersey before and while I was waiting to board the plane I said a simple prayer. I asked God if He can allow me to experience being in the first class section. I really don’t know what came in my mind but I just wanted to ask it. If He answers, then that would be exciting but if he doesn’t what would I lose anyway?
My trip to New Jersey had 2 connecting flights. From Manila we need to take a plane to Nagoya and from Nagoya we would take a connecting flight going to Detroit and then from Detroit another connecting flight to Newark, New Jersey. I wasn’t really expecting anything but my flight from Detroit to Newark was upgraded to a preferred seat. It was not first class but for me it already seemed like an answered prayer.
Three weeks went by and we were on our way back to Manila. Again, we needed to take the same route – from Newark we need to take a plane to Detroit, from Detroit a connecting flight to Nagoya and then from Nagoya another flight to Manila. It was pretty tiring. I remember I was seated beside someone who brought along her dog. The dog was barking most of the time and I had a hard time sleeping during the 14-hour flight from Detroit to Nagoya. When we arrived at Nagoya, my name was called. Being upgraded to first class was the last thing in my mind since I thought it was already answered before. I was handed my connecting ticket and there it was in front of me – my first ever first class ticket.
I was stunned! Then, I remember the simple prayer I uttered. He answered it! He heard my prayer and He answered it to how I wanted it to be! The whole trip from Nagoya to Manila – I was smiling. Despite being tired, I had a big smile in my heart. I was so amazed at how God took notice of my simple prayer. I still wasn’t able to sleep during that flight because I wanted to savor every moment of it but during that time it was such a precious moment for me also since I was just praising and adoring God.
At times, we forget that every prayer that we uttered is being heard from above. Maybe we might think that God is so busy to listen to our simple prayers. He is not. He is always listening and wants to hear what we have to say. My simple prayer is evidence that He hears all prayers and he doesn’t filter out what is only of dire importance. My prayer was not that important. It was not a prayer regarding a life or death situation or even a prayer involving a major decision in my life. It was just a simple prayer that for me can even be ignored – I can live without it being answered. But I still took the step of asking it.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NASB)
The reason that you do not have is because you don’t ask. Ask God. Pray for it. He hears it. You will be blown away when God answers prayers. He will answer you according to his love for you. You just need to take that step of faith – understand He hears all our prayers and will answer according to what is best for us.