The Faith Dilemma:
When Prayers Don't Work
Does that mean that God has abandoned you? Or vice versa, you've abandoned Him? Your faith is weak or shallow? Or God forbid, lacking in some manner?
Prayer. What's it for anyway? Why should we bother? Is it for us? For others? For God?
How about all of the above? Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have a direct connection the Father.
Php 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
God loves each one of us. His unconditional love is amazing. And prayer is powerful, and it's for the Saints...all the Saints. Why should we talk to God?
Scripture reinforces why and how we should pray. Does that mean every prayer, supplication extended to the Father should be "answered?" Even when we place more value on one than we would another...like healing?
And when one of those high-valued prayers go "unanswered," we're devastated and become angry at the Almighty. Or accused of being weak, faithless Christians.
But is it truly "unanswered?"
I've heard for years (yes, years...I was raised in the church) that God answers prayers two ways: yes and wait. But I believe in a third answer as well. That is the word most children do not like to hear: no.
I've prayed for deliverance and healing for years. I've asked fellow Christians to pray for me. I've received the laying on of hands and been anointed with oil.
I have migraines and seizure disorder. I've had these conditions since I was fourteen years old. I also hobble around on the knees of a seventy-year old woman (I'm forty-six.)
Does that mean my prayers and the prayers of Saints have gone "unanswered?" That there is not a righteous or faithful one among us, or the Lord God has turned His face from my plight? And peace is not mine to behold?
No. It means His answer, for whatever reason, at this time, is no.
It doesn't mean the answer I want may not arrive someday, although I may not experience it until I walk upon the streets of gold.
Until that day, I rest in His arms, weathering the storms with the strength He bestows. Why? Because I can.
As for "unanswered" prayer, I don't believe in it. It would be cruel for God to not answer us, and that's the one thing the God who died for me is not.
So, if the answer to your prayer is no, don't despair, but rejoice. God's strength and peace is yours for the taking. Claim it. He will see you through for His good purpose.
Take heart and remember,
God is good. All the time.
Pharmacist by day, by night and any other time I can spare, I write Christian romantic suspense.
Born in Arkansas and raised in South Louisiana and Wyoming, my family spent a lot of time on the highways in the summertime. I actually wrote my first story on the road, calling it Comanche Sky.
I love to fish, hunt, or pick away on my old guitar...usually next to a mountain lake.
Life is tough, and I enjoy writing about Christians and "real" life journeys...amidst "interesting" circumstances, of course.
I live in Wyoming. Home, sweet home, God's country. And as the first snows fall on the Snowy Range, the wild meets the Forgiven...
Welcome to the journey!