How do you feel when you have unanswered prayers? Our newest devotional writer, Diane, shares her thoughts. (Welcome, Diane!)
“I will give thanks, for You answered me; You have become my salvation.” (Psalm 118:21)
Last January I was sent to a research hospital by my gastroenterologist to try to establish the source of my upper GI pain. They believed it to be a rare condition called sphincter of ODI syndrome which is a malfunction of the ducts in the liver and pancreatic ducts. The test proved positive and surgery was done to correct it.
We were so happy, rejoicing that finally I would not be in continuous pain when eating. However, the symptoms did not get better. In fact, they became more severe. I have to say I really began to doubt that God was listening. What happened to the healing answer?
Over time, however, when I looked at my unanswered prayers, I came to realize that God’s answer of healing and mine are different. Yes, at times He has graciously healed me physically. More importantly, though, He has chosen the path which is higher–my spiritual healing.
Have you ever said the words, “I have prayed, but God hasn’t given me an answer”? I have. I have been through times where I have both said and felt that I had unanswered prayers. I often have heard this from others who are struggling with chronic illness. It can sometimes lead to thoughts that maybe God doesn’t hear me or even care.
But with this scripture God tell us He has already answered us! He, Jesus, answered our prayer long before we uttered a word. Jesus chose to answer the most improtant prayer we could ever ask–to become sin for us that we would have salvation through Him.
This scripture reminds me that though I may be struggling with pain, illness, financial difficulties, or yet again the doctors inability to diagnosis, God has not left us with unanswered prayers, but He has answerd the most important prayer we will every speak: Lord, clean me, forgive me, and be my savior.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for loving me so much that You answered my prayer, knowing exactly what I needed long before I could even ask. Thank You for Your grace, forgiveness, and salvation. Amen.
Welcome to our newest devotional writer!
Diane Kalata is a Floridian who is the mother of three grown children. Her husband encourages her, both physically and spiritually. She is a 4-year colon cancer survivor and she suffers from IBS, sphincter ODI syndrome, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue. She currently teaches a women’s bible study, and leads a chronic illness support group, to offer Christ-centered illness support. She also goes on mission trips in the summer when God allows.
In what ways has God answered your prayers even thought they felt like unanswered prayers? Have you dealt with prayers being answered in a unique way? What was the circumstance and how did God show Himself to you?
“The Hurt and the Healer” by MercyMe is an encouraging song for when you are feeling like you have unanswered prayers. Below it you will find a second video. Bart Millard of MercyMe sits down to share the story behind the song of The Hurt and the Healer. I found this inspirational and I think you will too. -Lisa