I’m guessing you’re like me and simply love when God’s answer is yes to a fervent prayer. And why wouldn’t it be? We’re all needy and He’s all powerful. It sounds like it should work.
I found out early on when God says no – it doesn’t matter about anyone else’s yes. Always expect a consequence attached.
We think answers should conform to our wishful thinking and demanding moment and when we don’t instantly receive our custom-made miracle, we become bitter and doubtful, because well you know, God must not be listening. Or there. Or care.
I’ve begged God for many things that have come in an opposite form because He had something so much better up His sovereign sleeve. I was as disagreeable as a pouty finite-child who stamps her spoiled foot at the heavens . . . I just couldn’t see it until I saw it. Later.
All of us seem to struggle with God’s will. We pray for the lost to be saved and they perish, we pray for the sick to live and they die, and we pray for ourselves to get through the day, and we don’t.
And I don’t understand.
But what I do understand is that an un-answer doesn’t make God any less God. He never gives stones and snakes to a hungry child when we ask for bread and fish.
If you then who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him Matthew 7:11
So, what if we actually believed God was good? And what if we discovered the lesson found in the rubble of the beautiful no? Our view of life would be changed.
I look back on life when I could only see through my wish-sized view and the Father had the bigger picture already hanging on my wall. And I thank Him for not giving me over to foolish requests.
My journals are scribbled full of a mix of miracles and unanswered prayer – and I need to read one page to get through the next. I’ve been told I have crazy faith – and that’s how it grew.
If our belief is big enough to believe that God is big enough to answer in the right time and in the right way then we’re only one faith-filled prayer away from a miracle.
So keep asking – seeking – and knocking and be assured He is on the way to the door.