Sometimes prayers take time to manifest, other times answers come right away.
In John 2:1-12, Jesus was about to start His miracle ministry…but He didn’t realize it until His mother prompted him. “On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told Him, ‘They don’t have any wine.’ ‘What has this concern of yours have to do with me, woman?’ Jesus asked. ‘My hour has not yet come.’
However Mary was not deterred by her son’s words. She had heard from on high and knew the Lord was about to birth Jesus’ miracle ministry. She ignored what He said and instead made preparation for the process to begin. “‘Do whatever He tells you,’ His mother told the servants. Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained twenty or thirty gallons.” Apparently Jesus changed His mind once He saw they were getting ready for the miraculous.
What are you preparing for?
The next thing Jesus said to the servants was “ ‘Fill the jars with water.’ So they filled them to the brim. ‘Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.’ And they did.”
Once Jesus started directing the process, miracles began.
This passage continues, “When the chief servant had tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from – though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, ‘Everybody sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.’ Jesus performed His first miracle in Cana of Galilee, He displayed His glory and His disciples believed in Him.”
Even though Jesus Himself didn’t see it coming, He flowed with it once it was ready! You may not be able to define at this moment how God is going to use you in the future, but allow yourself to be moved along by scripture that comes alive in you, a prophetic word that resonates with your heart, a friend that speaks a passing word to you.
They are signposts to the glory filled life God has for you.