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God hears.

When we pray and it doesn’t happen, we assume God didn’t hear.

Or at the very worst, he doesn’t care.

Sometimes we have to take a step back and think about how small we are in comparison to the universe. The blue planet is suspended on nothing we can see. But there is an unseen force holding earth – and us – in place.

We are specks. And it’s almost humorous how big we think we are.

We shake our fist at God, we demand answers, we hold him accountable when everything goes wrong.

And yet, he understands.

And yet, he loves.

A father or mother can love a child who does all of the above.

God’s love is greater.

If we continue to demand and shake our fist, we only hurt ourselves and those around us. Yet, he lets us feel all the emotions of pain.

In fact, God feels our pain.

God heard your prayer because God hears.

It’s been said, God did hear your prayer. He said no. That platitude deserves the scorn it gets.

God doesn’t give us pat answers. People do.

Pain deserves understanding, compassion, and time.

God hears because he is with us when we’re in pain.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

We will never understand everything in life, but we understand enough. God wired us to find comfort with him if we want to.

For awhile, you may not want his comfort. You are angry at him for not intervening, not fixing the problem, and allowing pain and death.

One day, God promises to make it right. Then we will understand.

But for now, we do not.

You might not be ready to hear it now, but God is the one who you need during pain.

Everything else we try in order to cope and to ease the pain is temporary.

You will find that out. God watches and waits. He is with you even if you don’t feel it.

Answered prayer is a time of happiness.

Unanswered prayer is a time of sadness.

God is with us in the happy times. God is with us in the sad times.

God hears.

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prayer.

… of the unanswered kind.

I was known as an intercessor. That meant I prayed for people and situations. A lot.

I was so intent on believing God for so many things that it was second nature to me. I’m not talking about name-it-and-claim-it, but things like: Christ is healer so pray for healing.  Jesus said we would do greater works so get out there and believe for greater works.

Today, I can count on 1 hand how many times I’ve prayed in the last 10 years since Christopher died and it’s been the Lord’s Prayer with an emphasis on Thy will be done.

This may bother some people. But when your child dies, things change.

I know prayer is important. The Bible says to pray without ceasing and the fervent prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Weren’t my prayers for my son fervent enough?

Weren’t my prayers for him the morning of the day we were told he died powerful and effective enough?

Maybe I wasn’t righteous enough?

Initially, those were my questions. But now I know that there is another side to the coin in scripture.

I don’t have the whole picture, but I do know that we should be prepared when we have given our whole lives to something noble – in Jesus’ name – only to see dismal results.

People who have answered prayer rejoice, “God heard my prayer!” And you know what? I rejoice with them.

But what happens when your prayer is not answered? Didn’t God hear your prayer?

They are the people who rejoice with empty hands because they have learned to trust God. They carefully measure their words when good comes their way. They wear Job’s words on their heart: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.

God has not disqualified, distanced, or disowned you because you are facing the pain or loss of unanswered prayer. One dies in an accident and another lives. One finds help just in time and another does not.

When you don’t have the answer, God does.

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All of us have experiences we build upon.

There are all kinds of stories of people who survived an accident or beat an illness. They are ecstatic. And they should be!

The frailty of life and imminent death becomes a reality.

In Christian churches, there’s a lot of good experiences and people give testimonies of answered prayer and how God came through.

But I’ve always wondered about those who didn’t get their prayer answered and how they think God did not come through.

When you’re sitting in front of the television or in a church service, and you hear how an individual’s life was spared from cancer or unscathed in an accident, and they attribute God with the credit, (e.g. “I guess God’s not done with me yet”), I can’t help but think of someone who did die and wonder, “Was God done with them? Why didn’t God want h/she to live?”

If we think “input-output” (I prayed, God answered), there’s got to be an answer both ways.

I am sincerely happy and inspired when individuals thank God for what he has done for them. I just want to know how to help people who feel left out.

Are you one of those people? I know how you feel. While I have much to be thankful for, there have been some real confusing and difficult areas that have left me disappointed and hurt. The only way I’ve been able to come to terms with the pain is to trust God with it.

You are not the first to hurt and you won’t be the last. Life is hard and we learn to look at it with optimism since life has some very wonderful moments, too. The only way you can have this outlook is knowing God sees the end from the beginning. It won’t last, only to have a positive outlook. It has to be based in something solid.

We either trust God. Or we don’t.

It takes time to develop trust. God knows this.

When you trust, you rest.

When we look out into the night sky, we are breathless at its beauty.

There is Someone over that magnificence. There has to be.

God.

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