Lessons from Unanswered Prayers

Have you ever felt like you were asking God all the “right” questions and getting only silence in return? I’ve been seeking God on a few things and have yet to hear His response. It’s causing me spiritual heartburn. Now, on top of the questions I’ve been already asking God (some for years), now I’m asking MORE questions – among them – “Why is God being so quiet?”

I’m hoping I’m not the only person to experience this. If you’ve ever felt flustered or frustrated by an unanswered prayer, this post is for you. During my drive home from work, I left the radio off and just formulated these thoughts. I’m not sure how I put all of this into words, but I felt like this was what was on my heart tonight.

I am (we are) so impatient sometimes. We’re the yappy dog at the sliding glass door of God’s will, desperately trying to get outside on a beautiful day. Sometimes we just need to relax, take a deep breath, and realize it’s beautiful right where we’re at, and God will let us outside to enjoy the sunshine when it’s in the right season to do so…but we want so bad to have what we want right now.

We get discouraged in prayer by thinking God has said no when in fact He’s said nothing at all. “Wait” is an answer – a delay is not denial. God often delays His answer to cultivate patience and persistence, and build our faith.

God has something far greater in store for us. Mary and Martha wanted Jesus to heal Lazarus, but He had resurrection in mind. We ask for health, but often sickness and suffering or something less than wealth is the best way to produce holiness and maturity in us.

I’m also learning the staggering importance of just being with God in prayer time. Instead of always filling the airwaves with requests, reflections, and repentance (all of which are good by the way), it’s good to just be silent and present. It is good to just be STILL.

Christopher and I have made great strides over the last couple of weeks in determining the options that lay before us in our Journey to Baby Bear. Now it’s a matter of laying it all before the Lord and asking Him to direct our steps. Our hearts are open to whatever it is that He directs us to. I am certain that it won’t be easy, it will however, be oh so worth it.

Now that we are officially in my favorite season ever I can wish you Happy Fall Y’all! In doing so, I wanted to share this super easy – super yummo recipe I tried tonight: Pumpkin Spice Cookies (with Raisins)

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3 Ingredients – 10 minute prep time – delicious results.

(1) Spice Cake Mix
(1) Can of Pumpkin
Raisins if Desired

Mix the dry cake mix with the pumpkin until the batter is fully mixed. Drop on cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes. Serioulsy. It’s that easy.

We added raisins to taste, and they are just as tasty with them as without.

And our house smells like a fall bakery – win!

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2 thoughts on “Lessons from Unanswered Prayers

  1. This is such a great post! It is so important to be still until we have a clear direction or peace about a situation. Often times I would ask for an answer and when I didn’t hear anything but crickets, I would go ahead with a plan anyway…that plan always ended me in a ditch somewhere. Since then, I never more forward or backwards until God gives me the green light. It’s been a much smoother and peaceful life since then. hehe! Praying for you sugars and I love fall too! xo

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