Holding the Heart in Unanswered Prayer!
What should we make of “unanswered prayer” or “no-answered” prayer?
It is in these times we are most vulnerable to drawing false conclusions about prayer, about God and about ourselves!
Luke 22 39 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. 40 When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. 45 When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 46 and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
How does Jesus help us?
2 Corinthians 12 7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hard-ships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
How does Paul’s encounter help us?
When struggling with anxiety, disappointment, struggle with unanswered or no-answered prayer we must be very careful with our own hearts, hold onto a true view of our Father in Heaven while giving thanks in all circumstances!
1 Thessalonians 5 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.
There are some helpful prayer resources at:
· the Connection’s Center in the commons and
· www.ransomedheart.com under “Prayers that Work”
· Use the Ransomed Heart app-Prayers, Podcasts and Daily Readings
WEEKLY SCRIPTURE READINGS
Monday: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Tuesday: Luke 22:39-46
Wednesday: Philippians 4:6-7
Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Friday: Philippians 1:3-8
Saturday: Psalm 107:1-9