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Meditation: Why Don't My Prayers Get Answered the Way I Want?
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I recently posed the question to our fellowship “What do we do when our life experiences don’t line up with what we believe about God?” You know, someone gets sick and asks us to pray, we do, with great faith according to James chapter 5 and they don’t get well. We know God is Jehovah Jireh “our provider” so we pray for that better job or raise but don’t get it. We pray for the salvation of a loved one and they die never coming to the knowledge that Jesus loves them and died for them. We pray and pray and believe… and things just seem to get worse not better. We know God is good and we know He loves us and hears the prayers of His people, but when we pray the heavens seem like brass.

Habakkuk was one of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. His name means to wrestle and embrace. That is exactly what his book is about and it is exactly what we all do isn’t it? We have questions, “Why God? why don’t you heal? Why do the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer? When will you bring justice? I don’t understand, I’m angry and confused.” We wrestle! Its ok God can handle our questions and frustrations. Ultimately we all come to the place where we have to answer the question “If God doesn’t answer my prayers, if He doesn’t give me what I want or what I think I need (wrestle)…will I still trust, Love and serve Him (embrace)?” Often times the reason we wrestle is because we haven’t spent enough time embracing. Try turning off the T.V. and spending Time in His word, time in focused prayer, time in praise and worship, and time just being in His presence. Doing these things strengthens our faith by opening our spiritual eyes to what is truly going on around us. Try it, you’ll like it.

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