Even people who do not regularly pray, can find the time to do so when in desperate need. We may be over our heads, with no other recourse. In great emotion and pain, we may reach for God.
If we don’t get the answer we seek and suffer great loss, what is the conclusion?
- God didn’t hear me
- God doesn’t love me
- God doesn’t exist
God is not a genie to summoned when we need a supernatural favor. The response of God to prayers like these can be complicated. God does normally require that a person believe that He can do what is asked. God also expects that a person also listen to Him. Then there are the impenetrable issues of what is best, when considering all of God’s will and eternity. For these reasons, the answer may be “no”?
The tough to accept answer to someone who wonders why God did’t give them what they desired is this: “The righteous will live by faith” Answers to prayer cannot be a proof test to the existence or the love of God. There are too many uncontrolled other factors, and God doesn’t sit still for scientific experimentation. The love of God is rather proven like this:
“But God shows his love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8