Have your ever been disappointed before by unanswered prayers? Maybe you feel like God has forgotten you for taking a long time to answer a few of your most important prayers. Well, I have, not once, but more than one time. So should we stop praying because we feel our answers have been delayed? Certainly not. I have some prayers that I have been praying to this day that I am still waiting for God to answer me in His own timing.
In the Bible in the Book of Acts chapter 16 verse 25 to 26, it records that, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
One thing I know, God answers prayers. But sometimes God may surprise us with the answers, not the way we expected. I have learned about this from the same examples of Apostle Paul. God may answer some prayers, and some prayers He may astonish you with the answers. Apostle Paul had some kind of affliction and he prayed to God for deliverance, three times, for God to deliver him. And guess what the answer was?
In the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 12 verse 9 verses 1 to 9, Apostle Paul said, “I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Sometimes God will not remove our weaknesses, or allow some issues to happen to us, but then give us His grace to manage them and learn to live with them. It is surprisingly shocking, but it is what it is. Maybe because He needs to humble us, or else we may go back to our old ways. “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back kind of situation.” The Bible says in the book of 2Corinthians chapter 5 verse 17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Or like Apostle Paul, so he may not be boastful and prideful for God choosing him to do great works and evangelized in his generation at the time, but also because he went to heaven and came back. Continue reading “Unanswered Prayers?”