Answered and Unanswered Prayers

Garth Brooks said it best when he said “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”

In the moment, it’s like “GOD WHY AREN’T YOU ANSWERING MY PRAYERS????”

When I was younger, my prayers consisted of a lot of “But God, I love this boy so much!!!! Why can’t he be mine, my life will be so much better!!” Now I look back with wide eyes to think about where I am now and how much I didn’t need those things back then. God knew that. I didn’t.

For me, this week I was thinking about some of the things I’ve been praying about for a while. Today God answered a prayer that I had only been praying for, for 10 minutes and it was a BIG prayer that brought me to my knees in tears. (It had been on my heart a lot longer than 10 minutes… more like weeks, but it took me awhile to get around to praying) And yet there’s these other things that God just hasn’t answered yet. I keep praying and lifting them up, and nothing. God is silent.

For some of them God has said “Patience” which means to just continue lifting them up.

For the others: I found this verse really encouraging this week. James 4:1-3.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

I felt a lot of anger about a lot things this week, and after taking some serious time to pray and sort it out, I found this: a motive check. God is SO good to me, because he knows that if he were to give me every desire of my heart it would just lead me astray, and not to him. What he did this week was allow me to stray so that way when I prayed desperately to him, he could quickly answer my prayer and bring me to my knees in gratitude.

I love God so much. I love it when I am praying so intensely, when my heart is so involved, and God answers and it just allows me to lose all ability to stand. Tears of Praise just rolling from my face. All of the times in my life that God answers my prayers after I’ve come to point of complete vulnerability with him is just a testament to who he is and his greatness! Praise the Lord.

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