A prayer, prayed fervently.
A prayer, prayed consistently.
A prayer prayed daily
A prayer, prayed with faith.
A prayer, seemingly unanswered. Why?
Why God? Why, when prayers are prayed with an open heart and a soul poured out with all sincerity, do prayers go unanswered? Every day we take to our knees to pray fervently, consistently, with faith and determination for lost family members, healing for a special friend, for that much needed answer to the perplexing factor in the middle of our lives. We stand, waiting for that great lightning strike to fix it in an instant, and yet it comes not or so it seems.
I've been asking the "Why God?" question myself. Praying for a need, and yet the only answer is "just wait." I wanted to share with you the words to a song I have been hearing. Laura Story's "Blessings." It was a great reminder to me this week that not only does God hear every desire of my heart, he also knows what is best for me. He knows when my ask for "lesser things" needs to remain unacknowledged, just like my son's plea for candy in the check out line at Wal-Mart. Sometimes the best for us is a prayer that goes unanswered in our eyes, the heartache of the wait, and the darkness along the way. Sometimes it is answered in a course of action that is different than our desires and yielding an even better outcome.
Laura Story's "Blessings"
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise