Thursday, September 24, 2015

Prayer when God seems silent

JAMES 5:13-20
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

Elijah was a human being like us,
just a man.
He prayed fervently 
that it would not rain, 
and it did not rain.

But what about 
when I prayed fervently 
that she would not die,
but she did die?

What about 
when they prayed for a child
and still remained childless?

What about
when she prayed to be clean from addiction,
but she's still a slave to alcohol?

What about
when the boy prayed to be adopted,
but he still lives at the children's home?

What about...
those times?
Were those prayers not fervent enough?
Was your answer just simply, "No."? 
or worse silence?
Did you not hear?
Did you not care?

the witness of the scriptures is 
you DO hear, you DO care.
Jesus Christ is your answer to prayer.
Sometimes he is a resounding "YES!"
Sometimes a clear "No."
Sometimes a shoulder to cry on.
Sometimes a miracle worker.
Sometimes a listening ear.
Sometimes he moves mountains.
Sometimes he calls us to come on the waters.
Sometimes he calms the storm.
Sometimes he moves us to action.
Sometimes he stoops to write in the sand.
He's always a mystery.

While I do not always understand ,
I will pray anyways.

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