Why Doesn't God Answer All My Prayers???
|This question reminded me of a story I had heard, about a little boy who was 6 years old.
All this boy ever wanted was a shotgun so he could go hunting with his father... and one day he asked his father if he would buy him one. His father busy at work didn't even look up. The boy again asked, but his father paid no attention.
The boy asked again, and again... but his father always ignored the question, paying him no attention. The more the boy asked, the more angry at his father he became. Why didn't his father just buy him a shotgun? The anger eventually grew to dislike... and dislike to hate. The boy started avoiding his father completely, disobeying him, and saying things behind his back. This continued for years, until just a few days before his 16th birthday, when his father passed away.
The boy still angry with his father had nothing to say at the funeral... and as soon as it was over went home to rummage through his father's possessions to see what could be of use to him. As he dug through his father's things he found an envelope attached to a large box. Curious, he opened the box to find a brand new shotgun... Speechless he opened the envelope and read the letter silently to himself:
"I know you wanted this shotgun when you were 6, but I knew then you were not ready for it. Through the years you asked me again and again, but you were never quite ready. I am proud to say that now you are becoming a man, and one I could not be more proud of.
Love Always, Your Father."
How often are we like the little boy... When our father doesn't give us the answer we want to hear we get angry and question him. We question if he really pays attention, if he really cares, and sometimes if he is really an all-powerful God.
But just like the father in this story, God HAS a reason for the things he does. Sometimes he doesn't give us the answer we want because he wants to protect us from ourselves (just like the little boy could have been severely hurt or killed by the shotgun).
Sometimes God wants us to grow more, or prove that we are ready for what we are praying for.
Sometimes God wants us to take the first few steps... to show that we are ready to obey him.
And sometimes the answer is "no."
But ALL THE TIME, God is listening, and caring for you. As the old saying goes:
"God doesn't always give you what you want, but he always gives you what you need."