PRAYER: Having heard of a man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray twice a day for years; a reporter went to the Wall and found him praying; he approached as he was leaving; “Pardon sir, I’m Bob Troy from CNN. Your name is?” “Morris Feinberg,” he said. “Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall?” “About 60 years.” “What do you pray for?” “I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and Muslims; for war and hatred to end; for our children to grow up as responsible adults loving their fellow man; that politicians be truthful and put the interests of the people ahead of theirs.”
The reporter asked, “How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?” The man responded…. “Like I’m talking to a wall.”
This about sums up the current state of affairs. One might ask: Why has God not answered the man’s prayers? Here are a few scriptural thoughts to ponder on ‘why God is not answering our prayers.’
In John 14: we are told…..If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. Also in 1 Thessalonians 5:17…we are told to…. Pray without ceasing. Then in Hebrews 11:6… we are cautioned… And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Another way to look at this… Answered vs Non-Answered Prayers…is this: From 1977 through 2008…for some 31 years… I prayed for a relative, that he would NOT DRINK (alcohol) and that God would PROTECT him. He died in 2008, from cancer, but to my best information… he also indulged ‘in the drink’ throughout this time period. It was not until after he died, that I realized… while God did not stop him from drinking; he didn’t die from drinking, and he lived until after his 70th birthday. So while I didn’t ‘get what I wanted’… God PROTECTED him, none the less, throughout the 31 year period. God didn’t ANSWER my PRAYER the way I wanted, seemingly, but He did…according to His own wish; which… probably… was a better deal… than what I was praying for. Meaning… my relative could have NEVER drank again, and died 10 years later of cancer, instead of 30 year later… of cancer.
Another thought… When I pray… I ask God for four things, for all of those on my prayer list… I pray for their… 1) good health, 2) for happiness, 3) for reconciliation (to forgive, and seek forgiveness), and 4) conversion… which is to change from bad to good, or from good to better, etc. After that… I don’t WORRY about it anymore; I just wait patiently.
And finally, let us not forget… God wishes for ‘our prayer’ to reflect His will... and that answers come… from God… in God’s time — not ours. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” God has promised His own a hopeful future. Rest in God’s faithfulness. He will answer you.
Remember too… even Jesus prayed to His Father in Heaven …Blessings…cjlb…8/9/2017