Have you ever prayed for something and felt that God didn’t answer your prayer? If we are honest, most of us would have to say “Yes, I’ve felt that way”. We know that God did answer that prayer but maybe not how we wanted or in our timeframe. Below is an excerpt from a book I recently read. It is a great reminder that God is in control and always has our best interest in mind, whether we are aware of it or not.
Excerpt from Juliette Duncan’s “A Time to Care“
Sermon preached in story entitled “Why Doesn’t God Always Answer My Prayers?”
“How long are we supposed to keep praying if God continues to ignore us? In Psalm 84:11 the Psalmist writes, ‘No good thing will God withhold from those who walk uprightly. That seems simple enough, but God’s idea of a ‘good thing’ often differs from ours.
“You might be praying for a husband, or a job you’ve been hoping for, or even to win the lottery. Why wouldn’t God give you any or all of these? They’re all good things. But God might think they’re not right for you and He might have other plans. Just because something makes us happy doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for us, eternally. And that’s what’s most important—God has our eternal interests in mind, not necessarily our earthly best. Being comfortable and getting what we want isn’t always a good thing.
“We need to trust that God, our Heavenly Father, truly knows what’s best for us. While we might be heartbroken at His ‘no’, He may very well be saving us from a bigger heartache down the road.
“God may also be waiting for us to be obedient. The verse says ‘no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.’The question also is, are we walking uprightly? Are we not only obedient, but fully surrendered to Him? If not, God might be holding out in acknowledging our prayers to get us back into line with His will and purposes.
“God has three answers to our prayers. Yes, no, and wait. Because He can see what’s eternally best for us and He can also see what our future holds, we need to trust His judgement. We shouldn’t second-guess Him. His timing is always better than ours. If we’re walking uprightly and what we’re praying for is truly a good thing, then, according to the psalm, God isn’t ignoring us. It just isn’t the right time.
“And lastly, because God is good and knows what’s eternally best for us, He sometimes says ‘no’ because He has something better in store. Something we haven’t even thought to ask for. Ephesians 3:20 says that ‘He can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.’Trust His timing. Trust His ‘no’. And trust His idea of what’s best for you, eternally. He truly is a good Father. His ways are higher than ours and He knows what’s best for us.”
Pausing, the pastor cast his gaze around the congregation. “Can you trust Him, regardless of His answer to your prayers?”