Have you ever wondered why God sometimes doesn’t answer your prayers?
Well, you’re not alone.
Not all of Jesus’ prayers were answered either.
C.S. Lewis has some stunning thoughts on the subject:
It would be even worse to think of those who get what they pray for as a sort of court favorites, people who have influence with the throne. The refused prayer of Christ in Gethsemane is answer enough for that.
You’re in good company if you have prayers that have gone unanswered.
It’s also the experience of every Christian. Paul didn’t have his prayer answered for the thorn in his flesh. Instead, he learned that God’s grace was sufficient for him, especially in his weakness, so God’s strength could show through.
If you’re struggling with this, here are 4 things to comfort you about unanswered prayer:
1. God hears every prayer
2. Every prayer will be answered in its fullness when Christ returns
3. Even if your prayer is answered here and now, it still is not fully realized until the Kingdom comes
4. The Holy Spirit, which God has given you as His guarantee of the coming Kingdom, is God’s promise of all your hopes and dreams for yourself, your family, your ministry, the masses of people who don’t know Christ that you have been praying for — all will be fulfilled in Christ.
God invites you to trust him because he’s up to something far more grand!