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Unanswered Prayer

These were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us that only together with us would they be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses  let us throw off every thing that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run …..(Hebrews 11:39-12:1).

I have this thing about the term “unanswered prayer.” I believe there is such a thing.

Some argue that all prayers are answered, just not as “yes.” Those who argue this way feel very strongly about their position. I feel equally strong about mine.

Okay. I agree. Maybe some answers are “no or maybe.” And those may seem like they are unanswered. But what about the prayers that are prayed and no response is given at all?  Silence. For me, a promise had been given, but life didn’t play out that way.

Prayer is not meant to be a monologue. (Though that is what many of us do.) Prayer is a dialogue, a conversation, between us and the One we are petitioning.

God reminded me of the scripture  in Hebrews as I was talking with Him the other day about “unanswered prayer” asking if I were wrong. This scripture verifies to me that there is such a thing. Yet I’m realizing “unanswered prayers” just simply mean there is more coming.

They will be answered one day.

A sweet friend e-mailed me with a message from God yesterday concerning my sister. It was confirmation of my dialogue with Him since her death. Comforting. Promising. Strengthening. Humorous. How we need to laugh, don’t we? God is funny.

But most of all His message was the breath I needed to keep on keepin’ on. The strength I needed to run again–not  a physical run (those days are over) but continue my spiritual marathon.

I’m in it for the long haul. That’s a given. But I’m back in it to bring as many people with me as I can and to continue praying bold prayers. The enemy wanted to stop me. But he hasn’t succeeded. God uses broken people to do His mightiest work. Broken people who are waiting for the unanswered prayer to one day be answered.

Much love,
andy

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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