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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.

unanswered prayer.

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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