Unanswered Prayers

03/02/2011

Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!
As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble. (Isaiah 64:1-2)

“Unanswered Prayer” is not a bad thing here, in fact, it is very good. We can’t always say that. Most times, we’d like our prayers to be answered just exactly the way we pray them. But, after spending this last weekend in the mountains surrounded by more snow than we knew what to do with, we came home thanking God for an Unanswered Prayer. And why would that be? Because, when God didn’t answer our prayer to bring the power back on, we were able to experience the weekend at our friend’s cabin in Twain Harte in a way that we never would have been able to otherwise…the modern world was shut out, and we were shut in. We prayed together, cooked together, ate together, shoveled snow together, gathered firewood together, and had an absolutely amazing time together!! The mountains were filling with snow, and our hearts were filing with God’s goodness as our prayers for electrical power went unanswered, but as God’s power was so evident!!

We can do without God, without His power, many do…but I’m talking about having a joy deep in our heart that wins out over the brokenness that this world inflicts. I’m talking about looking out at the cold hard winter of our lives and knowing that God will provide the warmth we need. I’m talking about a God who “works for those who wait for him!”

How many times we do we argue with God…not liking the way things are going, wanting something different, or things to come faster, or things not to come at all? And yet God is God, after all, and He already knows what is best for us. He already knows what we need. He already knows what might be inconvenient, or even painful, and yet we have to trust that God loves us and He knows what is needed for His Kingdom to come and for His will to be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Sometimes to understand or even appreciate unanswered prayers, it will take the eyes we receive in Heaven when our days on earth are finished.

Jesus is the Best Friend we will ever have on this earth, but sometimes it seems hard to “get to Jesus” in this hectic world. There can be so many layers of busyness to dig thru, so much commotion, so much modern technology at our fingertips that we miss getting right down in front of Jesus, being face to face with Him in our prayers. Taking a step back in time helps us to slow down enough to spend time with God and with others.

God gives us these times of watching His power at work so that we can learn to work together as a team when we come down from the mountain. Then in the “valleys,” when the really tough times come, we are more prepared. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it helps. Friends don’t make life perfect, but they help! God doesn’t make our life perfect, but He is our Help!!

…we asked for electrical power, and God gave us the power of His love instead.