This past Sunday, we discussed praying with confidence. When faced with a situation where it seems that we are not getting an answer, it may be difficult to hold fast in faith. Should we ever just give up on a prayer request?
It is easy to get frustrated when we claim God’s promises in a situation but seem to see no change. In James chapter 4 we are reminded that quarrels and fights often rise up due to desires which go unmet. We are encouraged in this teaching to ask God with pure, unselfish motives and trust His provision.
It is important to note that Hebrews 4 encourages us with the fact that our High Priest (Jesus) can relate to our difficulties because He was also “tempted in every way.” Because of this, we can find mercy and grace in Jesus, which helps us to get through those difficult times (especially when we don’t get the quick-fix answer). A quote from John Wesley is perfect in this situation, “All who desire the grace of God are to wait for it, first, in the way of prayer. This is the express direction of our Lord Himself.” That grace seems to be the thing that keeps our faith in tact during these “trials.”
It is also important to recognize that God is ok with us continuing to ask for something to which we have not received an answer. This is clearly discussed in Christ’s “Parable of the Persistent Widow” in Luke 18:1-8.
Finally, in His sermon on the mount, Jesus taught that we can ask God and believe that we will receive (Matthew 7:7). Charles Spurgeon wrote on that, saying: “His doors are meant to open: they were made on purpose for entrance; and so the blessed gospel of God is made on purpose for you to enter into life and peace. It would be of no use to knock at a wall, but you may wisely knock at a door, for it is arranged for opening.”
In closing, I suggest that we continue to pray confidently in accordance with God’s will, trust His timing, and remain steadfast in faith. Know that His grace will guard your heart as you wait patiently for your answer. This will help alleviate the disappointment you may feel when prayers seem to go unanswered.
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