When God doesn’t answer prayers

does God answer prayerI’m sure you’ve heard the saying that when God answers prayers sometimes He says yes, sometimes no and sometimes the answer is “not now” But we’ve missed the most common answer of all. Often when we pray, God’s response is “come to me.”

“But God” we whine, “that’s not an answer!”

Yet it is the most wonderful, most perfect answer we could have. God calls us up to Him, to stand with Him on mountain tops while He spreads His perfect love through our lives. Instead of willingly coming into His presence, basking in His unconditional love, and seeking Him on the mountaintop, we’re looking back down into the dark, shadowed valley saying “but, but, but, what about my unpaid bills? What about my wayward child? God, why haven’t you healed my sick sister?”

We’ve got our eyes firmly glued on the circumstances of life, all the while, the God of the universe is gently saying, “don’t worry, my child. I have it all under control. Let me take those problems so you can sit at my feet. I will give you rest. I will give you peace. I will give you hope and comfort despite the storms around you.”

I am convinced God doesn’t always give us the answers we desire because He wants to BE our answer. He is so jealous for our love, He is so faithful to be our full provision, that He wants to be the hope we need. He wants to be the comfort we crave. He doesn’t want to hand us our answer, pat us on the head and send us on our way. His desire is for us, that we would become part of the unity of God, His son, and the Holy Spirit. We can’t be part of that unity if we run off like a little child who finally received that toy they’ve been begging for.

Next time, instead of asking “God, where are you?” ask: “God, where do you want me to be?”

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  1. Wow that is a powerful mindset shift… “Where do you want me to be?” He’d love to show us where he wants us!

  2. Susan Scott says

    Tiffany, I think a powerful component of being transformed by God into the likeness of Christ is when we are willing to get our eyes off of what we want and simply trust God’s provision. The key is trust. Once we trust Him as our perfect Father, it is easier to let go of trying to manage our own lives and rest in accepting what He is doing. The only road to trust is to learn to know Him more intimately.

  3. I couldn’t agree with you more! I love God because of who he is and not what he does for me. Knowing who God is and his character gives me peace.

  4. Susan Scott says

    Olivia, isn’t that a wonderful place to live your life? When the desire of our heart is to know Him more, instead of focusing on what He can give us, ultimately we realize we already have everything we need.

  5. Too often we don’t like his answer…just like our kids don’t like our answers most of the time. 🙂

  6. Susan Scott says

    LaDonna you are so right! We think we know better than God does. We like to judge right from wrong as if we are capable of determining truth with our own wisdom. Sometimes we treat God as if His truth is just another opinion to take it or leave it as we choose.

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