Unanswered Prayer

“Three times I begged the Lord to make this suffering go away. But he replied, “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am. Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong.” - 2 Cor 12:8-10

Have you ever earnestly prayed for something, only to have your prayer to go unanswered or unnoticed?

It’s easy to understand why God won’t answer prayers for things that are selfish or immoral, but it’s hard to understand why it seems like our heartfelt, well-intentioned, biblical prayer has gone unanswered. I prayed for months and months over one specific thing. I believed God for it and even when the signs came that things were in my favor my faith grew even more. One day a prayer came across FB. It said something to the effect “God if this isn’t your will for me then let it pass me by.” Remember this verse found in Luke 22:39-42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”” Of course, the cup was not taken from Jesus. The very next day, He was crucified. The disciples no doubt thought that their prayers had gone unanswered. The disciples could see no possible good coming from the crucifixion, yet this event ended up being God’s great triumph. I avoided that prayer at all cost. I didn’t want to pray it. My thoughts were sadly along the lines of...“How could what I am believing for not be God’s will.? I have seen signs!”

Then God told me, “ If you truly believe me for what you are asking then what are you afraid of when praying that prayer.?” I knew what I was afraid of. I was afraid He would say no and I didn’t want Him to especially after all the naysayers and the negativity that was surrounding me. I wanted to have a moment. (A SEE WHAT MY GOD CAN DO MOMENT) I wanted everyone to see God in the situation and I wanted Him to get the glory out of it. I eventually prayed the prayer. I actually cried while I prayed. Maybe somehow I already knew His answer would be no. Maybe my faith was not in God but maybe my faith was in my faith. I still don’t know and am processing through this. I have questioned myself about this unanswered prayer. “Do I need to get my heart in check somewhere, did I ask wrongly, am I being selfish, was their a lack in my faith, did I fail to do my part somewhere, were my motives wrong.?” It is not unusual for people to be puzzled by unanswered prayer. When you believe you have offered your prayers sincerely in faith and God seems to be speaking to you about the situation and then the prayer is unanswered. It can be puzzling. I never asked Him if there was a possibility of something more because I never asked Him for more. I have always only asked for my need to be met. Was I limiting God.?

Praying just for my need to be met was enough for me but you know what, God’s ways are not always our ways. -Isaiah 55:8 He wants more for us.

You may not know why a prayer is not granted in the manner that you requested, but be assured that God is still in control, even though His timetable is not the same as yours. God’s answers to your prayer do not include just “yes” and “no”; they also include “not yet” and “yes, but not in quite the way you were expecting”. -1 Corinthians 13:12 When you remember that God is infinitely wiser than you are, you can demonstrate real faith, which is trust in God even when due to our limited understanding we can’t comprehend why certain prayers seemingly go unanswered. I believe God heard my prayer and even now I believe He is still working on my behalf, He may not be answering the prayer as I thought He would. He will get all the glory from what He is working on in my life and yours. He is just going bigger than we can understand. His word says He will provide MORE THAN ENOUGH for us.


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