Matthew 21:22 tells us, “Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”🚨Spoiler Alert…God doesn’t always answers our prayers with a ‘yes’! Too often we fail to see the answer to our prayers because it doesn’t look the way we expected when it comes to us. I’ve heard it said that God answers prayers in one of three ways. God says “Yes,” and you receive what you ask for. God says “Not yet,” and you have to accept it and be patient. Or God says “No” because He has something better in mind.
I love country 🤠 music 🎵and one of my favorite artist is legendary Garth Brooks. The chorus in his song, entitled “Unanswered Prayer” says, “Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs. That just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. ’Cause some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” Brooks suggests that God cares deeply enough to do what is best for us, even if we don’t understand at the time.
At the end of the day God knows what’s best. Therefore even if we don’t get what we think we need we should not let that impede in our prayer life. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the Apostle Paul encourages us to “Pray without Ceasing.” Prayer is not a vending machine; it is a simply a conversation with God. Prayer is opening your heart to him and sharing what matters most. Prayer is seeking God’s will not our own. Undoubtedly, time spent with God changes us and it changes things. It helps us see the big picture (God’s picture). It reminds us we aren’t alone and it affirms that we are loved.
Charles Spurgeon once said of God, “[A Christian] trusts him where [he] cannot trace him.” When the dark night of the soul comes, when the tears flow over like a river after a rainstorm, and when our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling, we can rest assured that our prayers are heard and answered not just by the God who reigns, but by the God who provides, nourishes, and promises to make all things new.