We have all done it, placed a call and gotten no answer or gone to visit a friend and they are not home. If we are lucky, the answering service picked up and we could leave a message or we had some paper and a pen to leave a note.
Or how about raising your hand in class or waiting for that break in conversation to ask a question to gain clarification. Those times when you hope to catch on or keep up, while holding your question for the moment when you finally get the chance to ask.
So, how do we feel when our call is not returned, our note not acknowledged, or our question left hanging in the air?
We feel slighted, ignored, uninformed and lost.
This is often how we feel when our prayers go unanswered. However, I can assure you, that unlike with people, God heard you. The angels heard you too. And all of heaven knows about your needs.
However, what we feel is important may not be. Further, we may think it is an urgent need but in reality it is not. Or we may feel that we can’t go on without some bit of information but we can and we must.
God knows what we need before we do; as do the angels. They see the bigger picture. They know what is best. This fact may be difficult to grasp or to acknowledge; especially during trying times in our life. Yet, it is the truth we need to put before us and cling to.
… for your Father knows what you need before you ask. Matthew 6:8
We do not need to plead or explain our prayers, for they are already known. What wonderful news. We can ask, thus releasing God’s power, knowing that our true needs will be met.
If you are one to go and grab your Bible off the shelf, please note that just after this verse is what is known as “The Lords’ Prayer”. Jesus gave this to us so we would always have a prayer to say.
All of this made me think of this Garth Brooks song; written by Brooks, Pat Alger, and Larry Bastian.
This is a link to the song recording with lyrics. The chorus is the part I like best in this song.
Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers
I want to make sure that the angels are offered an opportunity to add today:
Dear ones we hear you. We always hear you. We are with you to whisper to you. We are granted to be with you. We are near.
We see the larger, bigger picture and we want to assist you with the next thing that you need to have or to do.
We want to gently lead and assist you.
Reach out, reach out we are here, we are hear
Reach in, reach in we are there, we are near
With all loving assurance we are always here
We are attending and standing by you
We are near
We see your sorrow and your cheer
We are near
All love loves all love
That is real
That is love
That is real
I love when the angels get poetic. Thank you angels for your love and assurance today and every day; it is comforting to know that you are here, you are near ready to minister to us on God’s behalf.
Thanking God for unanswered prayers,