This is a heartfelt message to the Christian who has struggled for a long time with questions of faith and what it means. It is the fruit of my own effort to understand.
So many of us have prayed either for ourselves or for others whom we love. We read God’s promises in the scripture, but they don’t seem to be true. How is it that He can say, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it,” (John 14:14) but then seemingly turn a deaf ear to our most heartfelt pleas? Why doesn’t God answer our prayers?
If you are hurting right now, nothing I have to say is going to help much. Sometimes it even rings hollow to me. But still it remains the truth. We will have a better understanding if we consider the context of these verses we like to quote. The one above is a good place to start. Read verses 12-15. Jesus is not making an unqualified statement. I hope that by the end of the message we all will see why it is that we sometimes don’t get what we think we should, and how our prayers can be answered.