Unanswered Prayers!

Our all-powerful, all-loving God encourages us to ask Him for what we want. But sometimes, after we’ve put it out there, He seems to turn and walk in the opposite direction. We are left with questions: Why did He want us to pray if He was just going to say no, anyway? Were we praying “wrong” in the first place? What are we supposed to do now?

I have repeated this cycle multiple times. More than six years ago, I began experimenting heavily in drugs and became addicted. This resulted in losing everything that meant anything to me, my home, my children, my career, my car, my family and friends, you name it. It also resulted in my salvation and my freedom. I have always believed in God and Jesus, but never had I truly had a relationship with God nor had I ever read the Bible. For the last six 1/2 years, I asked God for restoration and to replenish my loss. He has done this but slowly but therefore during this time I have grown and grown even more with each passing day.

I must confess that during this last six years, I have confessed and repented of every sin I can think of, wept, protested and spent more than a few days crippled by despair.

WE TEND TO HAVE ONE OF TWO RESPONSES WHEN WHAT WE ASKED FOR IS NOT GIVEN IN A TIMELY FASHION: TRYING HARDER OR ANGRY BLAMING.

Apparently, I am not the only one who struggled because of unanswered prayer. I invited friends to fill in the blank on my Facebook wall: “Unanswered prayer … ” I received more than 40 responses, including the following: is deeply disappointing, makes me feel unloved, feels like a betrayal, is confusing, can be overwhelming, is business as usual.

Some of our bewilderment emerges because we actually believe that God is all powerful and that He not only wants us to come to Him like little children, but also encourages us to ask Him for everything, from babies to spouses to jobs to housing to help losing weight. Hence the disconnect when He doesn’t always give us what we want.

This paradox reminds me of my daughter’s attitude at Christmas. She starts composing her gift list in September, and for the next four months, she revised, added to and shamelessly shared it. Yet when Christmas day rolls around, she was filled with dread—because experience has shown her that though I am a good parent, I don’t always give her precisely what she requests. She has told me, “Why bother asking me if you aren’t going to buy me exactly what I want?” She’s a good kid, but just a typical teenager… wants everything now!

Isn’t this how we feel about our heavenly Father? We tend to have one of two responses when what we asked for is not given in a timely fashion: trying harder or angry blaming.

None of us can make ourselves worthy—that only comes as a gift from Jesus. Angry blaming similarly leads us into a dead-end.  Remember God’s promises for His Word never returns void.

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I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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4 Responses to Unanswered Prayers!

  1. verawrites says:

    I read this post after I read Rick Warren’s devo for today (http://purposedriven.com/blogs/dailyhope/). Your life is a good example of what he wrote about in Own Your Experiences). I’m every grateful for God’s good parenting – that He doesn’t give us whatever we want but gives us what we truly need. Thanks Fran!

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    • Jesus is a safe harbor says:

      God bless you… do you think you could help me figure out to tweek my page… I am still learning this “wordpress’ thing… I am trying to figure out how to put my email address on the page as well as get the others on there to work

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  2. One “No” that I received from Abba hurt and confused me for over a decade. It had to do with a wonderful, godly young man who’d asked me to marry him. I was only 16, so my parents said, “no,” as well. I didn’t see what God’s problem was with our marriage, but His “no” continued to be just that. About 13 years later, I learned that the man in question had, after 3 failed marriages, taken his own life. How thankful I am to not have to live with the guilt of such an end to life.

    You rock, Father!

    \o/

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  3. Jesus is a safe harbor says:

    Reblogged this on A Safe Harbor is Jesus and commented:

    I am looking for any advice on how I may gain more followers, not just for this blog, but for Christ!

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