Sometimes God doesn’t give us what we’re asking for so that He can give us what we really want. The problem is, we often don’t know what we really want. We pray with tunnel vision.
What about when the very thing you’ve been praying for not to happen, happens? When that comes about, it’s so very easy to lose hope, to become daunted.
Praying in such difficult times can stretch your faith. Things seem to go from bad to worse. But it’s in these very times we need to lean in to our Abba Father and remember that God’s timing is rarely ours. It’s time to remember He has complete authority over the situation.
When it seems like all is lost, when you seem to lost the last shred of hope, it only means God is not finished yet.
Doubt creeps in like a lion. The voice of Doubt makes you question. Why do you keep praying? Why do you even bother? Why do you continue when your words seem to fall on deaf ears? Why? Why bother?
Because the last word does not belong to Doubt. The last word belongs to God. God is faithful, and He will answer our prayers in His timing and His wisdom. Both are Perfect.
We may not see Him coming, but we continue to pray. My arms may not be able to reach out those close to my heart, but my prayers surround them with hugs . . .hugs . . . His outstretched arms reaching out to them offering the Grace He intended all along.
Hope isn’t lost. It’s only taking another way.
When I am dealing with an all-powerful, all-knowing God, I, as a mere mortal, must offer my petitions not only with persistence but also with patience. Someday I’ll know why.
Ruth Bell Graham
from Prayers for Prodigals