63. Unanswered Prayer

“I’m not what you would call a big fan of country music,” Stan said one morning, “but some of the songs sure do have great lyrics.”

“Anything particular in mind?” I responded.

“Yeah, Garth Brooks had one about how he was thankful for unanswered prayer.”

“How could a person be thankful for unanswered prayer?” I asked.

“Praying for the wrong thing.”

“Praying for something less than the best God has in His storehouse.”

Stan continued, “That definitely happened with me shortly after I became a Christian.”

“In what way?” I asked.

“I really wanted to change jobs in my career.  There was an opening for a job I thought I really wanted.  I prayed and prayed, but didn’t get the job.  It was offered to a friend of mine.”

“Did that make you mad at God?” I asked.

“I was sorely disappointed, but, no, I can’t say that I was mad at God.”

“And when it turned out that God had a different plan for me, one that was much better, I was very thankful He had not answered my prayer.  If I had been offered and accepted the other job, I wouldn’t have been where God wanted me to be so He could use me.”

“The point,” Stan continued, “is that I need always to seek the Lord’s guidance in what I pray for.  Often it is a lot better to simply let the Holy Spirit do the praying for me.  He works with the Father to do His will in and through me.”

“In other words,” I added, “I am to know that God’s plans for me are far better than anything I might think for myself, and I am to seek His plans rather than mine. Is that the point?”

“You got it,” Stan said with a big smile.  “Now I just have to get it on a regular basis!”


Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for all of my prayers you have not answered because I was praying for something less than the best you had in store for me.  I need and I ask for your constant leading in what I pray for and about.  Please, Lord, move in me so that I pray only in accord with your will and that I truly seek you and your kingdom first  Amen. 

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