UNANSWERED PRAYER I
“Surely God does not hear an empty cry…” (Job 35:13 ESV).
“Every one that asketh receiveth’…Yet…there are conditions and limitations….The unrestricted promises are hedged about with conditions….It is possible to ask and not receive (Ps 66:18; James 4:2-3)” Samuel Chadwick (ref#4, p126).
“There may be cases in which the answer is a refusal, because the request is not according to God’s Word, as when Moses asked to enter Canaan. But still, there was an answer: God did not leave His servant in uncertainty as to His will” Andrew Murray (ref#19, FIFTH LESSON).
“…there are burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off, He wants us to roll them back on Him” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, April 13th). “…prayer is God’s answer to our poverty, not a power we exercise to obtain an answer” Oswald Chambers (ref#23, p397).
FATHER, this quote propels me to see that when I cry to You in my sympathies I cry to You in pride. “I” want to be the one who moves You to answer my request. All my prayer requests must be out of contriteness—praying because I can do nothing to answer the need. Sin entangles me so that I forget that I am the needy creature and You are the providing Creator. I thank You for Your longsuffering grace to teach me. Praise befits You.
“God commands us to pray specifically for our desires, but our desires cannot command him” (Ps 37:4-5; Phil 4:6)” Bryan Chapell (ref#66, p109).
“God does not delay to hear our prayers, because he has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, he may give us the more largely” Anselm of Canterbury (ref#65, p96).