Few subjects have remained as great a mystery over time as the subject of prayer and the working of God through prayer. On the one hand, we are called to pray and are assured in scripture that God hears our prayer and the Spirit works through our prayers (1 John 5:14-15; Philippians 4:6-7; James 5:16; Romans 8:26) but on the other hand, God doesn't always answer our prayers the way we want, or He doesn't answer in the timeline we want. By "want" I don't imply a negative want - but sincere desire to see God glorified.
So, what gives? Where is the balance between the seen and unseen of prayer? Do our prayers always make a difference?
We can turn to Collin Hansen for some help with that question. He has posted a great article on "Dealing with Unanswered Prayers" that I (Mark, in this case) discovered while perusing The Gospel Coalition site. The title of Mr. Hansen's piece, along with my introduction clues you in pretty well as to the subject covered and I don't really have any comments to add to Mr. Hansen's piece, so I'll be quiet and let you follow the link to his article below. We just recommend it strongly. :-)
Dealing with Unanswered Prayers
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