I want us to talk about this issue as we have, in a way or two, experienced this before. Have you ever prayed for something and had no answer before? Heaven was silent. You heard nothing, and saw nothing. It could be that you prayed for a loved one to get well, or an irresponsible child to be responsible, or for a loved one to have a safe journey, or to get a job, or for a wonderful marriage etc. You prayed but the opposite happened. Some people get worried when such happens. Others get negative about the situation, cry, and some even stop attending church services, praying, studying God’s Word, etc.
What do you do when your prayer isn’t answered?
In 2 Samuel 12, God allowed the enemy to send a deadly illness to the child of David and Bathsheba. Bathsheba was Uriah’s wife. David got her pregnant, plotted the death of Uriah, and married her. This act was evil in the sight of God so He allowed the enemy to have his way. Like I always say, the enemy is a destroyer. When he gets the chance, he doesn’t miss. Satan knows how to hit his target.
David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and prayed for the child to get well. However, on the seventh day the child died. This was a shock for everybody. People began to wonder what David will do when he hears the news.
David heard the news but he surprised everybody. That is he got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.
The scripture encourages us to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
David didn’t get the answer he prayed for yet he worshiped the Lord. He didn’t get negative and moved about telling people how God had been unfair to him. He didn’t hold the view that God was unmerciful. He didn’t allow the death of his son to affect his relationship with God. David didn’t stop praying, or doing the things he loved doing for God. And he didn’t allow that situation to affect or have influence on his whole life. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. David later comforted Bathsheba, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to Solomon. Solomon was the Beloved of the Lord.
Friend when things don’t happen the way you prayed for, don’t give up, don’t be discouraged, and don’t be disappointed. God know best. Only trust that God has your best interest at heart and he will give you something better than what you prayed for if you believe. The feeling of hurt may come but don’t let that stop you from praising the name of the Lord. Don’t let that stop you from giving thanks. And don’t let that stop you from running your race well. Your best is yet to come.
God bless you