There has been an abundance amount of talk about prayer lately. . Most of what has been said I agree with but I feel a vital important part has been overlooked or ignored.
Just because a prayer is not answered the way one wishes doesn’t mean a prayer has not been answered. We need to always pray God’s Will- not our own. The best example of this is from Jesus in Matthew 26:39…
..Going a little farther, He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (NIV)
Jesus fell to the ground and cried to God. Jesus cried and plead to His Father, If there was any other way for God’s will to be done then take this pain away. God said, “No” to Jesus - but He still answered Jesus’ prayer.
God sometimes says, “no” and sometimes He says, “wait.” This in no way means God hasn’t answered their prayers. I believe those who have been told, “no” by God or “to wait” by God and have managed to keep their faith actually have a different perspective of God that perhaps is not known among those haven’t been there.
Maybe that is what meant in
James 1:2; Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds (NIV) and in
James 1:12; Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (NIV)
I don’t even pretend to have prayer all figured out. But I do know those who have had God say, “no” or “wait” can be discouraged when prayer is discussed and this important vita l side of prayer is left out. Many times those who have had such an answer are weary and tired and need encouragement. Many times the ‘evils’ of doubt can set in as impatience surfaces. Or the “why God” begins to echo in their heads. Hope could be absent. Prayer and encouragement is needed.
Matthew 17:20; He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
I don’t think anyone who has been discussing the subject of prayer meant discouragement upon anyone but please consider this side of prayer.
I rejoice with those who have had their “yes” or the answer they had hoped for in His name. I praise His name! I rejoice in their happiness. Never would I want to take away this wonderful joy and hopefulness.
Isaiah 40:31… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. NIV