Reflecting On “Unanswered” Prayers

I was reflecting on how hard I prayed for my spouse to get a job
Household expenses were increasing year after year
It would be great to have financial help
But a job never came despite of how hard I prayed
I got tired of praying about it
It’s not that I gave up on God
It’s that I was just worn out

As I started to accept the circumstances
The Lord allowed my income to increase
Such that my spouse’s job wasn’t even needed
It reminded me of the scripture
I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread (Psalm 37:25)
The Lord had already provided the income for which I prayed

You may pray long and hard
And don’t think that God will answer
And sometimes He doesn’t answer directly
Or the way we expect
But take a moment to reflect
If He has already answered your prayers and you don’t realize it yet?

 

Insight

This weeks praise expression focuses on unanswered prayers. After all, if God is so compassionate, why doesn’t He answer every prayer. There are several answers. It could be that what we are praying for is not in our best interest; as God can see into the future and we can’t. He doesn’t give it to us because what we are praying for can cause harm later on.

Or it could be that he has something better for us. The Bible states that God gives us good gifts (Matthew 7:11 )and all good and perfect comes from Him (James 1:17). He might deny us one thing to only bless us with something bigger and better later on.

And still yet, they are prayers that God never answers or does He? If we take time to reflect and what we’ve asked Him for we may discover that He has already answered our prayer but not the way we wanted Him to.

 

Financial Blessings

Just paid all the monthly utility bills
To some, it seems like no big deal
But to me it is
Lord not only now You are providing
But You have blessed me financially down through the years

I remember one day specifically
Layoff notices were handed out to employees
I sat at my desk and prayed that one I wouldn’t receive
I had just taken out loans and needed my job desperately
That day you answered my prayer instantly

Another time comes to memory
When trouble on a job got too much for me
It was imminent I’d be forced to leave
But another offer I had not received
For several days my phone did ring
But I wasn’t able to catch the one calling
When I finally did, came a job offering
So jobless You spared me from being

Then I remember when I was trying to buy something major
I actually went to it and prayed over it
Not only did the loan go through
You blessed me with a higher, more stable income too
Lord, I recognize all good and perfect gifts come from You
Thanks for financial blessings old and new.

Scripture Reference: James 1:17, Deuteronomy 8:18
Background

An income or job can be here today and gone tomorrow. It is such a blessing to be able to pay bills when they come due as without adequate income, life can be very difficult. So I’m careful not to take income for granted. It makes me remember God’s generosity and kindness. Deuteronomy 8:18 says remember that God gives us the power to generate an income or wealth and James 1:17 says every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord.