I prayed, why didn’t he answer?
This was really important to me, how could he not do it?
Is there really a God at all if he doesn’t answer prayers like this?
How can I trust him when he knew how important this was?
Why pray at all if he doesn’t answer anyway?
I’m sure you could add a dozen other questions to this list that you have asked as the plans and prayers you hoped for didn’t come true, didn’t materialize.
What is God doing? What’s his plans for us? How do we navigate this topic of prayer when often the things we ask for are very important to us? Now what? Can we trust him? Should I even pray for things again since he didn’t answer this prayer? Doesn’t he know how important this was to me?
The emotions of unanswered prayer are intense. The hoped for expectations that are crushed by a prayer unanswered are confusing. Now what? Where do we go from here?
There are often no words for the emotions that follow an unanswered prayer. For me, after many years of knowing God, I realized that often my dreams and visions are not the best thing for me…and so I trust God for his plans, his directions….but it’s hard, isn’t it? It’s hard when we asked, we wanted, we hoped…and he replies with silence. Is he there at all? Is he, as many say, the God of the deist…making it all and then walking away? Unanswered prayers make us ask those questions…especially when he has invited us to ask!
The bottom line for all of this is simply this- God loves us. God is sovereign and his love, his plans, and his wisdom direct our lives for his glory and our good. It doesn’t mean we always get what we want…and that confuses us because we “know” that what we want is the very best thing….if only God would give us what we prayed for.
But often he doesn’t. Now what?
Solomon wrote these words,
He has a plan for my life,
and he’s sovereign.
I can trust him to accomplish the best for me…..even when he says “no”.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. – Ephesians 1:17
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Recently, we have come to realize just how much the Lord has blessed us. This, of course, rouses the curiosity about how many verses there are in the Bible about His blessings.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:3
- Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:2
- Blessed are those who do not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers. Psalm 1:1
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matt 5:9
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matt 5:7
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matt 5:8
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matt 5:6
- Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed are those who heed wisdom’s instruction. Prov 29:18
- Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” Luke 6:20
- Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Rev 1:3
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matt 5:5
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:10
- “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matt 5:11
- Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed are those who take refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:10
- Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Psalm 32:1
- Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
- Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Rev 20:6
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matt 5:4
- “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” Jer 17:7
- When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed are those who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Luke 14:15
- Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12
- Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Psalm 119:1
- Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:17
- Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding. Prov 3:13
- But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matt 13:16
- “Blessed are those whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” Rom 4:8
- Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” Luke 10:23
- Those who give heed to instruction prosper, and blessed are those who trust in the LORD. Prov 16:20
- Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21
- It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed are those who are kind to the needy. Prov 14:21
- “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Luke 7:23
There are so many more. We are richly blessed by our heavenly Father. In turn, we are so blessed to be a blessing to others!
A guest post from @proverbsnwisdom
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A JUSTIFIED DEATH SENTENCE
You’re in court being trailed. You’ve been accused by many, there are witnesses to your crime, you’ve been proven guilty and there is no escape. So what happens to you? What’s your punishment? Death.
The list of crimes you committed are as follows:
You lusted in your heart
You walked with the ungodly
You were disobedient
You had a prideful attitude
You were selfish
And the list goes on. And on. And on. The end? Never.
You ask for another chance, but you are refused.
They lay you down on to a bed. You’re confined: strapped down and unable to free yourself. You’ve been given the death sentence. A lady comes over with a needle filled with poison that will be injected into your body, killing you slowly. It will be a long, tormented death. They take out your arm, in preparation to inject the needle and then…
A man shouts “WAIT!” Everyone pauses. “Take me instead. I am the guilty one…” he says, “this person has been justified.”
Justified? What does that mean? You’ve been absolved, proven innocent. You aren’t guilty. But if you aren’t, who is? He is. This man.
Quickly and willing this man unstraps you from the bed. He looks at you and says, “May you live in freedom. Go! Live life!”. The man then lies down, straps himself onto the table, holds out his arm, and tells the lady he’s ready, his life may be taken away…
As the needle is injected into this man’s arm you ask him, “Who are you? Why have you done this?” As he slowly dies, he looks into your eyes and says “I love you. I want to save you.”
You and others scream at he dying man, “Why have you given up your life for a guilty person?”
Again he replies, “I love them. I want them to be free.”
You ask this man as he grasp for air, his heart slowing, his mind shutting down, “Sir, is there anything I can do for you? How can I possibly live free and happily when you are here dying for me? What can I do as payment? Is there anything? How is it that I can be innocent?”
The man replies, “To live free from all hurt, all pain, all trouble, you have to love me. Accept me.”
“Is there any thing more?” you ask.
“No.” he says, “Accept me. Love me. And you shall live free.”
He closes his eyes. He’s on his last breath. “But wait,” you say, “how is it possible that I can be free?”
The man breathes in deeply and as he exhales his last breath says, “Because I have asked the One who can forgive all, for you to be forgiven.”
Now, you’re left wondering, who was this man? His name is Jesus. Except He didn’t die on a bed with a needle in His arm. He died on a cross: nails pierced into His hands and feet, thorns placed upon His head. He bleed, was slashed 39 times upon His back. Flesh ripping out, blood gushing out, pain everywhere in His body. He was hung for all to see: they mocked Him, they laughed at Him, they called Him names. And yet, despite it all, though His flesh was torn and others wanted His Spirit weak, with all He had within Him He said, “Father, forgive them.” He said this with you in mind. He said this thinking of every wrong you have ever done. He said, “God, take me instead. Let them live.” God answered Jesus and gave you the chance to have life.
But how can you receive this life He willingly gave you? What can you do? Accept Him. Love Him. And like the person charged guilty in the court, you too, shall be set free.
Ps. 139:1 Oh, Lord, thou hast searched me and known me….
He knows when I’m discouraged, when I feel alone, defeated and depressed.
He knows when I’m at a loss of words to pray and when I can’t even cry out to Him.
He knows when confusion has darkened the path and I can’t even begin to see a flicker of light.
He knows when I can’t lift my head and even utter, help me Lord.
He knows when I want to spend a day saying thank you for my many blessings, but I end up crying through the tears, thank you for being there Lord.
He knows when my heart is screaming I need wisdom, direction and peace and I wonder when it will come.
He knows when I can’t take “it” anymore and He waits for me to leave it at HIS feet.
So, I wonder, why do I not leave “it” there? Why do I carry these burdens, doubts and fears? Why, when I know that HE will carry the burdens and ME too.
When I can’t do this, when I can’t take another step, when I can’t stop the tears or see the light – HE KNOWS and he chooses to love me anyway, wait for me anyway and pour mercy and grace out on me so that the JOY of the LORD can be my strength. (Neh. 8:10)
He has created me to be exactly who I am. He has worked all things together for good for me in the past and will continue to do so.
I will continue to be in awe that even though he KNOWS me, He LOVES me.
How about you?
HE knows you and chooses to love you.
That is awesome! Don’t you think?