The hardest thing about praying hard is enduring unanswered prayers. If you don’t guard your heart, unresolved anger toward God can undermine your faith. Sometimes your only option is to trust because it is the last card in your hand, but it’s the wild card. . . .By definition, praying hard is praying when it’s hard to pray.” (excerpt from The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson)
Confession: I stayed away from this book (The Circle Maker) for a few years because I don’t run to the latest “fix” our society has to offer whether it’s for health or wealth or even something spiritual like how to have your prayers answered.
I’ve lived long enough and experienced disappointment in prayer enough to know that there is no magical formula to answered prayer.
I’ve been disillusioned with faith and prayer.
Unable to listen to Christian radio.
Unable to pray.
I’ve questioned whether I could really hear God when prayer answers went South rather than the direction I believed God had promised me.
I’ve been angry.
And did I mention, angry?
I got tired of it.
In The Circle Maker, Batterson encourages us to trust God when prayers go unanswered. But I need to add to his endorsement.
I couldn’t trust God until I came back to what kind of God He is. . .
A GOOD one.
I had to stand on His goodness.
When I surrendered the fight, and placed my faith in His GOODNESS rather than His answer, the anger dissipated. The faith was restored. My wound was seared. It no longer oozed and bled. Sadness still held me, but the anger no longer controlled me, and I was able to pray again.
A few months ago as I perused our local Christian bookstore, a tug in my spirit urged me to purchase The Circle Maker. I was glad I did.
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One last thought and a prayer:
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Grab my hand.
“Dear Jesus, strengthen our resolve, our faith, our petitions. Make us mighty warriors in prayer. Help us trust your goodness, kindness, and faithfulness. And don’t let us quit. May our prayers bring heaven to earth. Amen.”
Jesus loves you,