Unanswered Prayers Flourishing in Blessings


"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

-Isaiah 55:8

Ever fervently sought the Lord in prayer only to have that prayer left unanswered? Yup, I’ve been there before. What were the emotions that arose, were you angry with God or did you feel completely nothing? Were you completely devastated? Did you lose that hunger for seeking the Lord in prayer? We’ve all been there before, and it’s perfectly normal! The prophet Isaiah reminds us that as human beings, we are not meant to know all God has planned for our lives. We should thrive in knowing that we can turn to a God who is all knowing and simply wants the best for us.

I think some of the times I have found the most peace were when my prayers were left unanswered. I didn’t have to wait around frantically for God’s response, in hopes that He would respond in the way I wanted Him to. Although it left me frazzled in the past, in time those unanswered prayers led me to seek the Lord more. I found that, rather than seeking His blessings, or answers, I began to seek and delight myself in the Lord. Through these experiences, God walked alongside me and granted the desires of my heart. God taught me the beauty of walking with Him daily, and what results from it. Psalm 37:4 teaches exactly that, and I have to remind myself of it often!

Reflection Questions

  1. Have I made an obsession out of an unanswered prayer(s)?

  2. What does it mean to you delight yourself in the Lord?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray that You continually mold my heart and desires to seek You daily. Teach me to embrace Your perfect timing and to know that unanswered prayers are part of Your perfect plan. Allow me to find complete sufficiency in You, Lord, and for continual growth of an unwavering faith in the power of Your Word. Amen.

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