This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God:
If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us.
If we know that he listens to whatever we ask,
we know that we have received what we asked from him. (1 John 5:14-15)
There is no request that God deems off-limits in the life of prayer. But not every prayer is answered in the way we desire. This troubles us. Oftentimes, we even ask for good things, such as recovery from illness or the alleviation of suffering, and it does not come to pass. Why would this be so?
In every instance, we simply cannot know why our prayers were not answered in the way that we desire. It takes a great deal of humility to concede this. But we do know that when our prayers are answered, it is an occasion of God’s grace. It is a cause for celebration and thanks. It is a sign to us that we have asked for something in accordance with God’s will.
Lord, help me to discern your will,
so that I bring prayers to you that are good and right,
that align with your purposes and hopes for this world.
When my prayers are answers, help me to remember to give you thanks. Amen.