by Catherine Butterfly
My heart yet hurt for you and yours. I know you realize that everyone has prayers that aren't answered the way we wanted them to be answered. Yet we must continue trusting and loving our Creator. "We must Trust God and Love above All there is!"
When we prayed for God to heal someone we love, only to see them die it hurts to the point there's no words to express the pain. Yet we know we must go on. Even if we all depend on them, especially if we have dependents who loves us and depends on us. No matter how deep the pain is we that love God can't give up. It doesn't matter if we don't know or understand the why of the lost of our love one or ones we must understand and trust the fact that our Heavenly Father knows.
I honestly believe in my heart perfect people are called home. There's none here on Mother Earth. That's not saying everyone that dies are perfect. The Word say, "Be perfect as thou Heavenly Father is perfect." Meaning to walk as close as we can to that which Jesus walked. The only perfect person according to the Word is in Heaven who is Christ Jesus.
I also know that no one can be born nor die without the approval of Jehovah God who is Christ Jesus. I believe many lives are cut short because of disobedience. Not my Word but that of the Lord.
Many times our prayers aren't answered, no matter what the need. We all have prayed for a financial need at some point that didn't get met. We have all had prayers that simply weren't answered the way we wanted them to be.
What does that mean? Does that mean we prayed wrong? Does that mean we didn't have enough faith when we prayed? Does that mean God didn't hear us? What does it mean when we pray and we don't get the answer we want?
When it comes to death for anyone I believe their purpose has been served. "There's a Time to be born and a Time to die." And only God can change that time no matter how we plead or blow snot. God has the last say.
Never forget that prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God. If you didn't need God's help why would you pray to Him in the first place?
We pray out of our need. We are constantly dealing with the trials and tribulations of living in this sinful and evil world.
We pray because we are instructed to in God's Word. God tells us over and over to call on His name, to cast our cares upon Him, to boldly come to the throne of grace.
We pray in faith. We pray believing that God is able to meet whatever need we have, no matter how small or great that need may be.
As you mature in your walk with the Lord, you begin to accept that there are things you will pray for that simply won't be answered as you desired.
That doesn't mean God didn't hear you, or that God doesn't love you, or that God is punishing you. It doesn't mean that you prayed wrong or that you didn't have enough faith. It simply means that God had another answer.
Many times I have prayed for something and didn't get the answer I wanted. I cried until there was no more tears. My heart felt like it broke into a billion pieces. I didn't think I could live without them. Of course I was disappointed, hurting and discouraged to the point I couldn't breath. I couldn't breathe..
But as I matured in my relationship with the Lord I began to accept God's answer even when it wasn't the answer I wanted to hear.
I have come to the place in my journey with Jesus that I pray in faith, pray believing, but am willing to accept God's answer regardless what it is since I know His answer is the best answer. His answer may be yes, it may be no, it may be wait!
I know God sees down the road where I can't. He sees the big picture that I can't. I have come to realize that God loves me and how He answers my prayers, even when they are not the answers I want, are because He only wants the best for me.
In the end you want God's answer, not yours. Like I tell you all the time, God's way works, our way doesn't. I can assure you that God's answer will always be better than yours. Some may say, "why pray at all, why waste my time?" Simple, because God tells us to pray! Again, prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God, it is a way of exercising our faith. We pray, but are prepared for God's answer which may not be the answer we want. However, we accept it because it is the best answer for our life. I realize what I am saying isn't making it much easier but it's the truth..
So don't be upset the next time you don't get the answer you wanted from God. Instead praise Him for the answer, knowing that His answer is better than yours.
The key to this whole issue is for God's heart and desires to become our heart and desires. We can't always know the heart and desires of God, but the longer we walk with Him, the more we study His Word, the more our heart becomes with His heart and our desires become His desires. That is the place all followers of Christ should strive to be.