“When Prayers Go Unanswered”- Fin
I have spent the last several months offering insights for us to consider when we feel that our prayers are going unanswered. We considered the role of other people’s free will in our prayer life. We looked at how our personal conviction and persistence will play a part in the ability of our prayers to be answered. We looked at how our prayers can help each other and how when we pray as a Church, we can accomplish remarkable things.
My hope was to get us to realize that it is very seldom God’s desire to outright disregard or say no to our request. Far too frequently we blame God for our prayers being unanswered, or harbor resentment against “His will” that led Him to leave our prayer unanswered. This is not the case. God’s will is in existence, but often God’s will is left changed, damaged, or rejected by other factors that we looked at. There are parts of God’s will that are immutable (such as His prescribed victory, the plan of salvation, and the hope of heaven), but there are some parts of God’s will that can be affected for the better or for the worst (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). There are things that are settled and things that are left open.
This is where the beauty and power of prayer are seen. In many ways, we are engaging with God to change the outcome of tomorrow for the betterment of the Kingdom. There will be sometimes when we will experience smashing victories, and there will be times when we will experience crushing defeats. But through the highs and lows, we are doing it with God.
So when prayers are left unanswered, do not allow it to defeat you. There is always the next day that could be changed and altered by you and God. The war is not lost, even when the battle is.
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