The God of Un-Answered Prayer

prayerMy friends, is anyone other than me experiencing a time of seemingly un-answered prayer?  My un-answered prayers concern two members of my family.  I’ve been praying for them for such a long time and in both situations, God has remained seemingly silent. As hard as they try to change their circumstances, they each seem to keep running into brick walls.  Occasionally, God will bring each of them a glimmer of hope that things might change.  Being eager to do their part to the best of their abilities, they both try so hard to bring about the change that is necessary in both their lives.  But alas, each glimmer of hope ultimately ends up being snuffed out. Both parties have had to fight off succumbing to depression and discouragement.

This my friends, is where our faith is ultimately tested.  Our faith is not tested when God delivers answers to our prayers as though he was Santa Claus on Christmas morning.  Don’t misunderstand me.  God is a God who answers prayers.  I’m convinced of that.  And that is exactly why, when our prayers go un-answered, we must continue to believe and trust that He is still on the throne, ruling over His creation according to His perfect purposes.  God is God.  We are not.  Do we dare question Him as to how He is working in our life and the lives of those we love?  Do we dare question Him when is seems as though He has turned a deaf ear to the things we so badly need and desire?

Yes, we can question God.  David often questioned God as he poured out his complaints to Him.  He asked God, “How long will you forget me?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and everyday have sorrow in my heart?”  (Ps. 13:1,2)  It’s OK to question God.  But at the end of each venting session, David always proclaimed his enduring trust in God’s unfailing love. It’s important that we do the same.

And so in my family’s situations, I know God is on the throne, loving ruling over each precious detail of their lives. I know I can trust Him as they continue on in their struggle.  I can be at peace because God is a God who hears our prayers. He hears the cries of our hearts before we even utter a word.(Is. 65:24)  In the absence of His response, we can know He is still working on our behalf and for our own good.  Now blinded, our faith will one day become sight.  As we look back at this time in our rear view mirror, we’ll see Him more clearly than ever.

So friends, in our time of un-answered prayer, all I can say is this:   Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, but in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.  (Prov. 3:5,6)

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