Thursday, April 14, 2016

When our prayers are not answered



Not all of our prayers are answered. I'm sure we have all experienced that grace, or even, that...frustration. Why doesn't God answer those prayers we feel are worthy, are good and our so important to us? We beg and sometimes it feels as though He is not listening. But He is!

I came across this song by Lauren Daigle. The chorus goes like this:

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

At certain points in our lives we are faced with mountains that seem insurmountable; waters that drown and pleas that seemed to go unheard. But really what is God saying in the silence? His silence too is an answer. I am reminded of the many times a day I negate certain things for my boys. Things that at times could even seem harmless but in the end, I discern that it is best that I not give in. I do it out of love. I do it out of concern and ultimately for their own good. 

In the Italian language you say I love you by saying "I want good for you" Ti voglio bene. What a beautiful way to express love; to want only good for the other. Ultimately wishing good for the other sometimes hurts. It sometimes comes in silence or what may seem like a negative answer. The opposite of what we wish and what we pray for. 

Time is also of essence. Sometimes certain prayers are not answered on our time. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways." Isaiah 55:8 God's timing is perfect. This is hard to comprehend. It has taken me years to come to terms with this. But in looking back on my life I have seen the hand of God and His perfect timing. It makes me realize that the inner peace I find even in the midst of unanswered prayers, is His wisdom, His love and His wanting the best for me. 

We have been living some unanswered prayers for quite some time. I would even say for a few years. It is frustrating. It is bewildering at times. Yet, when I lie down at night, I find a certain sense of peace that I know comes from the fact that all comes in His good timing. I wouldn't want it any other way. My entire life is a proof of this. Sure, we can force the outcome. We can "make it work" but we know in the depths of our souls that it wouldn't be with His blessing; through His will but solely out of our own doing. 

So when you feel frustrated, let down, unheard by unanswered prayers, think of the answer that lies in His silence. Trust Him even more. Trust Him even though He doesn't answer your prayers when you want and how you want. Think of the fact that in trusting Him more He will bring you to where you need to be. In trusting Him more, you will be able to live a life of grace that brings you a deep abiding joy and an inner peace that is unmistakable. 

The song continues:
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood.

If I, as the mother of my sons, know them through and through and surely know what is best for them, even if it requires negating some of their requests, than how much more does not God know us? The God that created us knows us since the beginning of time.

May all your prayers that are answered and not answered allow you to recognize that He loves you infinitely because "Ti vuole bene". He wants good for you! 



Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wondering
Never changes what You see

I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior King of the fight
No matter what I face You’re by my side

(chorus)
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You

Truth is You know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

(chorus)
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You
I will trust in You

(bridge)
You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation
The Rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood

(chorus)
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You
I will trust in You

2 comments:

  1. I teach my sons..and strongly believe that God hears every single prayer and that He gives three kind of answers to it:
    1. Yes
    2. Not Yet
    3. I have something better for you

    I know the struggle of waiting... but I also know that He knows me better and often, He's closer than I think ...

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  2. I have waited years on some but I have also grown much in the waiting. God is always at work even in the silence

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