I overheard two women wondering why some babies suffer at birth.
One chose to believe that God is not powerful enough to answer prayer or prevent suffering.
The other chose to believe that we pray to an omnipotent God whose His ways are higher than ours (from Jeremiah 32:17; Isaiah 55:9).
Our baby was born with Strep B, so when I got pregnant again, I prayed every single day that our next baby would be born healthy.
But she was born with Strep B.
Our first grandson was born prematurely. After his birth I prayed that our next grandson would be full term.
But he was born prematurely.
God did not give what I requested, but we can see “God’s care in the midst of God’s denial.”*
*Ruth Senter, “The Rock”.
“God gives me up to the ungodly and casts me into the hands of the wicked . . . even though my prayer is pure” (Job 16:11-17).
Many of us feel this way. That’s why it helps to remember that Job didn’t know the whole story.
Neither do we.
Job asked God, “Do you see as man sees?” (Job 10:4).
We know the answer. “The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Because God sees what’s inside us, we can trust His answers to our prayers.
Ezra believed God’s hand was on them, so rather than ask for protection from men, he prayed.
The Bible tells what happened: “We fasted and implored God for this, and he listened to our entreaty” (Ezra 8:23).
Take prayer, and God’s answers, seriously.
God is under no obligation to answer our prayers. He hears prayer because He is good, and for no other reason.*
Truly God is good (Psalm 73:1).
*adapted from A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, God’s Pursuit of Man, p. 143.
On May 16, 2017, a beloved friend passed into eternity. We miss her. A lot.
Yet we know she is with the Lord.
How can we be so certain?
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal live (John 3:16).