To an “educated” person, our faith is “nonsense”
because in a child-like manner…. we believe God for all sorts of matters in our everyday lives…. and when it happens according to our prayers, we thank God and our faith is strengthened…. it is the times that it does NOT happen according to our prayers that give the unbeliever the opportunity to discredit us…. “see I told you so” they gleefully tell us “all those other times you thought GOD was making things happen according to your prayers it was just “good luck” and “chance”… and this is their proof…. FAILURE.
So what are we to make of this ?…. certainly everything we pray for is not going to happen for several reasons:
1. God is NOT a genii…. “your wish is my command”… and we are supposed to be serving Him (and not the other way around).
2. Even if we are “good” saints and totally dedicated… we should be praying ACCORDING TO HIS WILL… and sometimes we just dont know what His will is in some cases.
3. Other factors may be involved… besides our wishes and His will…. what about the wills of other people ? (the people we are praying for)
It is harder to exercise faith when various prayers (seem) to go unanswered…. but we are not to stop praying or exercising faith (Luke 18:1 – 8)….. and some prayers have been answered many years after those prayers were made.
The way I see it, there is always a positive and a negative way to look at everything…
FAITH is the positive way…. faith goes on even when things are not looking so rosy
UNBELIEF is the negative way…. once unbelief sets in….. it is followed by frustration and despair…. is there any advantage to this ?
Optimism versus pessimism….. looking on the bright side…. versus looking on the dark side…. Thankfullness and praise versus grumbling and complaining.
Take your choice today.
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, Thank you for all your many blessings every day…. help us to focus our attention on your goodness and the many blessings you pour out for us each and every day…. help us to have right thoughts towards you… and guide us what you would have us to pray about. Amen.