“I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.” Unknown
While we may think God has not answered our prayers, He does so in very mysterious ways. God doesn’t answer prayers that will feed our greed, pride or self-esteem. God’s will is about glorifying God.
As any parent can tell you, they have often had to tell their children, “I’m doing this for your own good.” Parents want the best for their children, and that often means making hard decisions that may upset our children, but we know that in the long run it will teach them a lesson that will last forever. So if we have to punish our children, or make a decision that makes them mad at us, we know that we are truly working for their own good…as does God.
God isn’t a magician, and He won’t answer our prayers with fame and fortune just because we ask for it. He will provide for our needs when the need arrives, and try not to overlook the answer, because it’s very rarely in the form you would expect it. That’s the mystery of an answered prayer.
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