We have heard God wants us to ask Him freely in prayer. And ask away we do. But what if we feel God is not answering us, or answering in a way we don’t like. We get frustrated, discouraged, and even angry with God. So what’s up with unanswered prayer? Sure feels like we are alone, like being in the desert.
Helpful to know that:
1. More important than asking is to listen. John 13:21-25 (ESV),
v. 25 “Lying on Jesus’ breast.” (KJV)
2. Unanswered prayer is a myth. Often we just don’t recognize God’s voice. (“Yes, No, Not Yet”) John 10:27-28 (ESV)
The sheep know their shepherd’s voice.
3. Unanswered prayer often makes us feel like we are in the “desert”, but it is in the desert (desolate places, wilderness) we will meet God. (Paradox of suffering.)
Matthew 4:1-2 (ESV) Spent time in the wilderness.
3 translations of Luke 5:16,
(ESV) “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
(NIV) “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
(NLT) “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.”
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)