Some long-ago prayers remain unanswered. I asked of the Lord in faith (I think), with right motives (as far as I know), and sincerely. Still, no concrete answers, nothing I can point to and say, “God has heard my petition and here is proof.”
Am I alone with my little basket of non-answers? Far from it. Every pray-er has a collection of earnest pleas that seemingly haven’t taken off for heaven. They remain stubbornly glued to earth. A shelf of journals stand spiral to spiral in my bookcase. Each one is full of thoughts, ideas and, here and there, a page of prayers. Dates from years past peek through coffee stains. The best before date has passed for some of those prayers – they cannot be answered now.
I don’t want to give the impression that none of my prayers have soared high. Miracles of salvation, healing, financial need, employment and numerous other requests have check marks beside them. Some are personal prayers. Many are requests from friends and people in our bible study.
Today I’m focused on unanswered prayers. Perhaps it’s that melancholy streak in my personality. Like Jacob who wrestled with the Angel of the Lord and refused to loosen his grip until the angel blessed him, I can’t let go. I can’t accept “no” as an answer.
Like Daniel, who prayed with intensity for 21 days, I must persevere in prayer until He comes and blesses me with answers. Perseverance is the key that unlocks the door to prayer. Perseverance grips the God of the Blessing and hangs on until faith and hope become touchable.
0 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment; For she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health. Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well. And at once the woman was restored to health. (Matthew 9:20-22)
Lord, I let my faith in You fly above the clouds of unanswered prayer. For better, for worse, always, forever, my fingers seize your garment and hold on.