Monday, December 16, 2013

Answered Prayers

That phrase always kind of rubs me the wrong way.

Why?  Because when people use it, it normally goes something like this;

"Thanking God for answered prayers today."

"Praise God!  Prayers answered."

These types of phrases insinuate that some prayers aren't answered.  

That is false!

All prayers are answered just maybe not the way we had hoped.

Remember the Garth Brooks song "Unanswered Prayers"?

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers 
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs 
That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care 
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

I usually have to change the station when that song comes on because it's a little frustrating.  God didn't ignore his prayer, the answer was "No."

"Not right now"

are the 3 answers God gives when we pray, so instead of saying, "Praise God!  Prayers answered."  Let's change it to "Praise God!  His answer was Yes!"  because there's no such thing as an unanswered prayer.



Karen Alexander said...

Well said! We know this, yet we find ourselves expressing it this way. I will take my cue from you and a dear friend who showed her praise in this manner, " He answered my prayers just like I asked Him to and I know He could have answered anyway He wanted!" Praise Him for knowing my needs better than I do!

nat said...

Very true and I totally agree. Some people just don't realize this though and that's sad. Sometimes our answer may not be revealed to us until years from now and I wish more people could see that.