I had a conversation this week. Someone said to me, “I pray all of the time. God never answers me. If our prayers aren’t answered, should we keep praying?” Fundamentally, I believe the person was wondering whether having a prayer go seemingly unanswered means that we should stop praying for that intention altogether. My initial answer was, “No, don’t stop praying. Don’t ever stop praying.” There is more to it than that.
When our prayers continue to go unanswered, I think it is a good time to consider then whether God may be willing something else in our life. I do not mean to say it in a way to suggest that your intention is not good, but sometimes, even when our intention is good, God knows what is better than good. He knows what is best. We have to trust that.
When I changed my prayers, my prayers eventually changed me. I have learned in the past years that praying is not so we can get what we are asking for, praying is meant to transform us, bring us closer to God. Praying does not exist so we can control God but so that we can open our hearts to be led by him.
Does God still perform miracles today? God miraculously heals some while choosing not to heal others for his divine purpose. No one would accuse the Apostle Paul of having weak faith, yet God refused to heal him after he asked three times.
In God’s higher wisdom, he knows who and what to heal and what is best for the believer in choosing not to heal someone. Yes, I believe miracles still happen, but they are not at the direction or discretion of believers but a decision of God alone. I believe the greatest miracle of all is that converting a blind sinner to see their sin and to change their human heart from one of serving the God of the world and seeing that they are in need of the savior, Jesus Christ. Then I believe God always answers you. We just do not always like his answer. My youngest son put it best; when the student is taking a test, the teacher is always quiet.
Remember to keep the circle positive, peaceful and loving. ©
Written with love.
Joy M. Mills (IP)
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