Unanswered Prayers “Devotion”
Thank you Lord for not answering my prayer. Now that’s not a phrase you hear very often. I have a journal where I write down my prayers and keep notes of my quiet time with God. I was reading through it and I found this prayer.
“Lord blessed me with the support manager job, make me prosper in the position. Be with the two interviewers and have them select me. I hope my answer at the end of the interview didn’t mess up me being selected for the position. I was honest, allow my honesty to lead me into the position. I give it all to You. I pray this according to Your will. If it is not Your will lead me to something better.”
I wrote this prayer about 9 months ago. During that time, I didn’t get the job, the manager that interviewed me was fired and the department was in such disarray it was merged with another. Although I prayed and prayed over this job opportunity, it was not the Lord’s will for me to have it. As I look back, I am so thankful that God didn’t answer that prayer because it was not a good situation for me. In (James 1:17, NIV) the Bible states, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Since every good gift comes from God, we must understand that sometimes, in not answering our prayers, God is doing so because what we are asking for is not good for us. Prayer is a good gift that God gave us. It is open and direct communication to God. Although anyone can pray to God, it takes maturity to pray knowing that we may want certain things, but ultimately we want the Father’s will to be done, even if it is contrary to our requests. As Jesus was preparing to die for our sins, He shows us this example in his prayers.
““Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”” Mark 14:36 NIV
Lord help me to trust you, knowing you hear my prayers and give good gifts. Help me to follow Christ and pray your will be done even if it’s contrary to my request.