Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. John 15:9-10
We’ve all had times when we feel like our prayers are falling on deaf ears. God, are You listening? Don’t You care about me anymore?
We recently had a wonderful discussion in my small group about this topic. Why does God heal some and not others? Why do some seem to have it all, while others of us must struggle?
I believe the answer is in knowing God has a plan and a purpose for everything in our lives. Regardless as to whether or not He chooses to heal, He still expects and deserves to be honored and loved. Regardless if He chooses to give us our earthly desires, He still expects and deserves to be respected and obeyed. Regardless of how the enemy tries to knock us down, God still wants and deserves our admiration and love.
We also must remember that NO is an answer, too. Sometimes He says NO for our own good, and sometimes He says NO for His honor and glory to be revealed later on.
Then why should I even bother to pray?
I’m so glad you asked! ☺
We pray because we need to pray. We pray because it’s much more important to have the relationship with our Creator than it is to treat Him as a magic genie where we simply ask and expect our wish to come true.
Let’s put it this way: Let’s say you are one of my very best friends and I’m having a rough day. I call telling you I need a friend. You rush over to find me a mess in need of an extra dose of love. I spew my problems all over while you patiently listen and try to think of a way to help. You offer as much encouragement as possible while still listening intently. I finally stop being a weepy mess. We pray, asking God for guidance and comfort, and then you leave. Whew!
Were you able to solve my problem? No. Were you a good listener? Yes. Did I feel better for having spent time with you? Yes. You did not take my problem with you, but just being here, listening, and showing concern made it easier to deal with. The hug you gave me was like a hug from God Himself. Your presence made me feel better.
Our time spent with our Lord, Savior, and Friend is just the same. If we truly take Him at His word and believe we can actually abide in His love, then we will always feel better after having spent uninterrupted, heart-to-heart time with Him. His presence makes it better!
This side of heaven, we will never understand why God does what He does, or doesn’t do what He doesn’t do. We can, however, find peace in knowing God does love us ALL THE TIME, regardless if we think He’s listening or not. Let’s do our best to remember He’s not a magic genie, but a trusted Friend and Father who chooses to be with us any time of the day or night. He’s with us all the time. That alone makes it better.
Dear Holy Father, Thank You for always knowing what’s best for me. Thank You for always being here to listen and love. Help me, please, to remember Your plan is always best. I love You more than words can express. In the matchless name of our Lord and Savior, amen.
In His embrace,