God Still Hears Us
We tell people to pray all the time. What happens, though, when a prayer goes unanswered? This is a troubling time for all believers. Much like a failed Pagan spell, an unanswered prayer can lead to disbelief. Moreover, we doubt the God who gave us the ability to pray. The bible states to present all things in petitions to God in prayers. We can pray for anything, but it doesn’t mean we’ll get it.
Tonight, I couldn’t sleep. I have had chronic insomnia since I was a child. I prayed, prayed, and prayed some more. Now, here I am, blogging about it. In reality, I believed I should do something for God if I wanted my prayer answered. It is very hard dealing with restless nights. I’ve seen the sun rise too many times to want to remember. God answered every other request tonight, just not my prayer for sleep. I couldn’t think of anything but to put my mind to use. My mind has always been best used when I write proactively. Spirituality is a major part of my life. It battles constantly against my physical nature. The question is this: will I be able to sleep after I finish posting this?
Not As Easy As It Sounds
A blog post seems quite easy to do. Write 600 words, post a picture, add some tags, and announce my post on social media. Then, it is all done, right? It’s much more complicated than that. I have to write well, and tie all of my thoughts together in each post. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to writing. I do have my bad days, though! Simply put, this is what I’m giving to God in hopes that my prayer goes answered. Would God answer the prayers of a Satanist, after all? Of course not! If I am to expect anything from God, I must do his works.
Why Do Prayers Go Unanswered?
Unanswered prayers happen perhaps for three reasons. One, the aforementioned clause of not doing God’s will. Secondly, maybe the timing just isn’t right. Thirdly, maybe it’s because God has other things planned for you. It’s just like that Country song by Garth Brooks says, “Sometimes God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” You’re probably thinking that my insomnia not being cured isn’t some form of blessing. I have a busy weekend in front of me, so perhaps you’re right. There is always a silver lining to each dark cloud. Although I am tired, restless, and broken, I am still able to piece together all of this for you. God wanted me to do more work for him.
The physical body is our curse. It seems like a way to test us so we can receive the kingdom of Heaven. What seems pleasurable in life is always outweighed by painful experiences. Marcus Lamb over on DayStar Network recently finished several days of live broadcast in a row. It was a fundraiser called Heart For The World. He said on air several times that he wasn’t feeling well. He did every overnight stint for his station. Yes, this man stayed up all night for several days to preach the word of God. There were several days that I, too, felt his pain from his restlessness. Our physical body simply cannot stay on forever. Would life really feel complete without sleep?
Don’t Stop Praying
I’ve tried everything, my friends. Sleeping pills, prayers, relaxing music, you name it. For years I’ve struggled with sleepless nights. Sometimes, I go to sleep rather early, and other nights, I’m up past 3 A.M. I’m searching for purpose in my life, and maybe that’s turning unanswered prayers into answered ones. After sharing this to social media, I’m going to lay back down. I want you to know that you shouldn’t give up hope if God doesn’t answer your prayers. Maybe he has greater things in store for you. He could even want just a little bit more of your time.