I was driving to a meeting when the song “Unanswered Prayers” from Garth Brooks started playing,
and I thought to myself how many times have I prayed for something and not gotten it? Have you
ever prayed for something and never gotten an answer or received what you asked for?
There have been several times in my life where I have asked God for something and never got
what I asking for. It was as if I was knocking on a door of an empty house asking if anyone was
there. Let’s be honest, no one likes waiting or feeling like we are being ignored. We don’t like waiting
in doctors offices, waiting at traffic lights, waiting for an answer from someone. So why would it
be any different with God? Here’s the difference.
Over the years I have learned that God can foresee my future when I can’t. I’ve learned that maybe
what I am praying for is not fit for me, maybe God has something bigger in store for me, sometimes
I pray for things that have already been determined, and sometimes I am not ready to receive the
gift God is ready to give me. Our faith can’t grow unless we are relying on God for something bigger
than us. I can remember before I started this magazine I was in a job where I was more than ready
to get out. I was unhappy, I sat there for two years praying for God to give me a way out. I began to
get frustrated when nothing was coming to surface. However, what I didn’t realize was I was being
taught lessons. Lessons on how to be patient, lessons on how to better my talents, lessons on
dealing with difficult people. If God had granted me what I had asked for when I asked for it I don’t
think I would have been ready to have this magazine. There are also other instances when I look
back and say, “Thank GOD you didn’t give me what I asked for.” The lesson is that God knows what
is good and best for us at all times, even when we think we know. But we are creatures of habit,
and we tend to lead with our emotions and what we think is best at that exact moment. When God
says, “NO” we feel like he hasn’t answered , and our imperfect human bodies do NOT HEAR HIS
PERFECT RESPONSE, because all we want is a “YES”
God answers prayers in silence sometimes. For example, if you recall my letter from the editor
about two issues ago, I informed you about my best friend’s son Tyler who was diagnosed with
brain cancer. We had several people praying for healing and God did heal, but the cancer came
back. We found ourselves pleading for more healing, but Tyler eventually passed away in May at
18. We all felt like God ignored our prayers for healing, but when I took a step back, I realized that
God DID answer our prayers for healing. Tyler is resting peacefully and fully healed with our Lord.
God listens, God cares. So whether you are praying for a good crop, that new job, maybe you are
praying to bear a child, praying for healing, finding the love of your life, the list can go on, know that
God hears you. When we pray and heaven is silent, then we need to get silent too. We need to be
still and know that he is God, and thank him for the opportunity to trust him.
God answers prayers. It may not be the way we want Him to answer them or at the exact time we
want them answered. God is always faithful to answer. Sometimes His answer is a much desired
“yes”, sometimes His answer is “No”, sometimes His answer is a faith-building “not yet” and sometimes
when an answer cannot be found His answer is simply “trust me.“ So be still and know Gods
plan is far greater than ours.