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Unanswered prayer; a blessing.


I can’t begin to count how many times I cried over unanswered prayer. Those moments when I was convinced my prayers were honest and it was only fair for God to grant me what I had talked to him about;

  • To have not lost an aunt that to me had perfectly filled in Mama’s shoes; I know for a fact now that I would not have been able to clearly see the need for Christ to fill in that Gap.
  • To die when I thought I had taken all I could with pain as a child; I now know that I was wrong. I have had the greatest joys beyond my imaginations. A husband that I am crazy in love with, my precious children that I adore, my little sister that has walked the exact path of pain and I get to encourage her to look to Christ. To be her friend. And the many precious friends that know pieces of me but love me anyway. Life is good. A gift in every breathe. A gift and joy in every view with my eyes. Being able to enjoy God’s creation and I am thankful for that.
  • Times I prayed for harm upon the ones that were abusing me; I know now that would never have given me joy. I have been able to walk through the process of learning to forgive and actually forgiving and Praying for the people that abused me then. And I thank God for His sovereign Grace. Revenge is not mine but the Lord’s. As much as I hurt from what was done to me, I pray that God will reach the hearts of those people so they may know the joy that is in Christ; one that takes away our filthy sin and covers us with His precious blood.
  • To have been born in a different home; Again, who am I to wish away God’s perfect plan. I am thankful for the womb He chose to knit me. I am thankful for the earthly Father He chose and I am thankful for the family He chose for my childhood. I know many days were painful but God’s plan is perfect and I am at peace with that.
  • Wishing away friends who continued to point me to the truth and encouraging me that things would get better. I am thankful for those friends who gave me tough love. Pointing me to the truth even when they knew I was hurting. Friends that loved me enough to show me that this life was not the end.

Many things have happened in my life where I have wondered what God was doing. But I know He is sovereign. He is loving and gracious and His love endures forever. He knows me and takes care of me. He will not harm me but will use me in whatever way He pleases for His purpose and His glory. I trust Him. My faith is anchored in Him and I pray that I will never stumble from His truth and His presence.

As we continue to live in this life, I pray that we will remember to not loose hope from unanswered prayer. In those times, God is still working. Our timing is not His timing. Our ways are not His ways and His is the best.

We see only what’s on the surface. He sees beyond our words of prayer. He knows the details of the days to come.Β 

When we pray, in that moment, we ought to leave it all to Him.

God bless

44 thoughts on “Unanswered prayer; a blessing.

  1. Even Jesus prayed desperately in the Garden of Gethsemane that His Father would let this cup pass from Him. So in our humanness, we ask things of the Father, only to find that He really does work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. His promises are true. 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 heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.

    You’ve cited reason after reason to trust these words of Scripture. Thanks, Susan!

  2. This is so beautiful Susan. I’m often grateful for the times God decided to answer my prayers in a way that was different than what I asked for. His answers are always so much better. Thank you for such an inspiring post.

    1. Thank you very much Miss Terri. Most definitely I am thankful for God answered according to His will and love not mine. I am thankful for His patience to listen to my broken prayers during that season of my life. I pray that I will daily learn to wait on Him.

  3. Beautifully honest and inspiring. Being thankful in all situations. Today I read a devotional about the ten lepers. Only one turned back and thanked Jesus. They all were physically healed; but there was only one who was totally healed. Wholeness. Salvation. Thankfulness is the key.

  4. So many lessons to be learned here. The Love of Christ surpasses everything. It’s that Love that keeps me humble, in awe and focused. I may stumble, but He is ever Faithful.

    1. Absolutely!. His love is for us is so great!. Even when we stray and at times choose to doubt that love, He is right there loving us still and I am very thankful for that. Thank you very much Sir πŸ™

    1. Thank you Ellie. It’s been my joy to be able to open my heart and share what’s been burried within hoping to be of encouragement to those that may be on a similar path. It’s an honor.πŸ™πŸ™

  5. WOW! I really needed to read this today. I’ve been frantically praying all day for help in a relationship i’m dealing with. I know deep down God is in control and knows exactly what and when to do it but its still hard for me to put faith in his decision. It’s easy for us to think we know what we need as opposed to putting faith in Gods perfect plan for us. How does that Disney song go? “LETT IT GOOOOO”. Give it all to God, our perfect designer:)

  6. I read in a previous comment that even the desperate prayer of Jesus in his last hours was not answered. That comment and your post are such good reminders that we can pray but do not always get what we think is the right answer. But the answer that arrives is so often the right one in the long run. Thank you for this post.

  7. Yes, we pray for our own needs and desires but prayer is so much more than that. We need to focus less on results (i.e.: “answered prayers”) and more on the psychological and sociological benefits of the act itself. Sometimes the catharsis it provides is enough and any answers we may receive are a bonus. Personally, I think that intercessory prayer is very powerful. Not because we expect specific results, but because it causes us to focus on the needs of others and less on ourselves. There are very few people who will react badly if you tell them that you will keep them and/or their loved ones in your prayers. Just knowing that someone cares and will be thinking about them can provide a measure of comfort in difficult times. That can be especially powerful if you say it (and mean it) to someone who doesn’t know you.

    1. You are absolutely right. When we pray, we ought to do it with humility to our heavenly Father. Believing that He knows our hearts, our needs and His ways are not our. Remembering that His Will is sufficient for the glory of His name. He can not be corrupted by our words of prayer for He is not human but He calls us to pray constantly.

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