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Unanswered Prayers

  • “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4: 19-20


          I am sure the majority of us have witness to say that God did not answer our prayers on things we have earnestly prayed for, but as I read this scripture it is amazing when I think about my unanswered prayers, he actually did answer them but just in a different way that I thought it should have went…. “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”.

         I used to pray asking for God to intervene but then follow-up by saying, “God, if it isn’t your will, then close the door” and believe me there have been many doors closed, then I would actually get very frustrated that God didn’t answer my prayer. I wanted it to be on my terms so this leads me to believe I truly never meant it when I asked to ‘close the door’ if it wasn’t his will. I fail God so often with my frustrations in my prayer life but along life’s road when I am giving my all to God’s will, he gives me the answer.

          As for myself, I often get so focused on the way I think things should be, that I get ahead of God in my life. Our walk with God should always be to glorify our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus and I, many times let Life get in the way. Probably one of the hardest things I learned to do in my walk with God was to say “Thank you God for closing the door”. I was hurt and broken but thinking about one specific prayer, I can honestly say it would not have glorified Christ Jesus and today I am most thankful for this God lesson.

          Our Christ Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Have you really thought of the suffering he endured just because he loved us? He was perfect in every way and he deserves every ounce of our Glory. If God loved us enough to give his only son to suffer and die for us, don’t you think he would know better than we do? I believe so, even though I sometimes forget.

          We all tend to let Life get in the way and sometimes we have a hard time understanding why things are ‘this or that’, but when we truly let God lead us it isn’t that hard. We must see God as our parent, regardless of how old we are and when we pray we have to lean on his understanding and if the door we think should open doesn’t or if an open door closes then we have to believe God is protecting us. We may never know the why of things but it’s just like when we are protecting our own children, we see things better than a child sees and we protect them by leading and guiding them. We are God’s children and he is only protecting us.

          So let us all remember, if God does or does not answer that prayer we think should go a certain way, we still need to Glorify his Name and say “Thank You”. Once we can do this, it brings us to a totally different level in our relationship with him. Just don’t let Life get in the way; for God really does know better.


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Laura Mustard
Laura Mustard Hey Linda! I decided to join this group, as well! I really liked this entry. It reminds me of many, prayers that have or "have not been" answered for me. For years, I have prayed about a specific issue. Time and time again the issue returned, for years! During the the beginning of the month of February, the issue began to turn around. I did not take notice at first, but then it dawned on me-it's worked out! What? Why, I hadn't even prayed about it for sometime! Suddenly everything was working out. Not only working out, but I was working AT IT!! I realized that God had been working at it for some time, as well! He HAD answered the prayer many, many, times over! Sometimes in our quest to seek a quick response, we lose the sight that God gives us in some situations. I have laughed at myself, numerous times, over the last few weeks. I have even "stressed" that I/things would fail. Luckily, I reminded myself of faith and progress! Now, the determination, faith, and moving forward attitude is allowing more insight into the situation-even if it includes my own failures that needed response! Thank you, God!
March 21, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank God for the closed door. Usually misery is hiding behind it  :)
March 22, 2016