When we pray, we invite God into our lives. But we also activate faith within ourselves. Therefore, when we don’t get the exact answer to a prayer that we wanted, we can still trust that God is at work in our lives, that He cares about our concerns and that He is weaving the perfect story for us.
The Bible tells us to go to God with our troubles, to lay them down at the feet of Jesus. But what does it actually look like when we’re waiting to hear from God?
Prayer is a difficult thing to faithfully do. It looks different to a lot of people. Some pray every day at specific times, some pray throughout the day and some pray when circumstances arise in their lives that provide hardship and questions. However, the Bible clearly tells us that God cares about our worries. He wants us to come to Him with sorrows, joys and questions.
In Matthew 10, Jesus reminds His disciples that God cares about the sparrows, and He cares about us, too. He knows the hairs on our head and He knows what we are worried about.
Matthew 10:30-31 says, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
After we decide to trust God with our concerns through prayer, the trial of our faith doesn’t stop. We have to continually trust Him to listen and answer our prayers in His perfect timing. This requires patience and a willingness to admit that we don’t know the perfect plan for our lives. He does. And even when we don’t get the answer that we want, this doesn’t mean that we haven’t received an answer at all. It means that God is giving us an answer—even if we don’t know why yet.
A friend once told me that sometimes we pray for an answer, and when God gives us one, we don’t believe Him. We keep waiting for the answer that we want. But the truth is, maybe He shut the door to that job, that school, that child, for a reason that we don’t know yet. He is still here for us, and He calls us to be willing to trust His plan.
There is no one way that God answers prayers, and it would be ultimately tiresome to try to establish this. But we can be sure that He cares about our troubles—and that He listens to each one of them. Even if it is a simple thought directed towards Him, a tiny request or concern, He hears us. He wants to be a part of our daily considerations.
If we don’t understand His answers to our prayers, we can still go to Him and tell Him this. Part of a relationship is being able to voice our concerns. Through this process, we can find reconciliation and healing where we least expect it.