Unanswered Prayer

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

A teenage girl confessed to me, “Sir, two years ago my mom and dad were
killed in a car crash. They were the best parents a girl could ever have.
I’ve wondered how God could allow them to be killed in such a violent way,
and for the past two years I’ve held a grudge against Him. Doesn’t God
protect His own? I can’t pray anymore with real trust in Him, because I
believe He failed me. What can I do? I guess you can say I’m mad at the
Lord.”

A young couple I know has been harboring resentment against the Lord for nearly
ten years. Their beautiful, five-year-old daughter died shortly after being
stricken with a brain tumor and they grew bitter. They have stayed in church
and go through all the motions, but they no longer believe in the effectiveness
of prayer. They are afraid to disown God, afraid to call Him a liar or an
unfaithful Father, but they have never forgiven Him for “taking away their
only child.”

Almost every Christian at some time in his life has had to face the problem of
unanswered prayer. A prayer goes unanswered for weeks and months—even years.
An unexpected illness or tragedy claims a loved one. Things happen that have no
rhyme or reason and then faith begins to falter. But the Word makes it very
clear that a wavering person will never receive anything from God.

Jesus understood this tendency in His children to hold grudges against heaven
when mountains are not moved on schedule. He warned Peter not to ask anything
when standing in God’s presence lest he be unforgiving in some matter.

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your
Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25).

I believe Jesus is saying, “Don’t stand in God’s presence asking for
mountains to be removed or for forgiveness of your sins, if you have a secret
grudge in your heart against heaven. Get it out! Let the Spirit of forgiveness
flow through you. Cry out to your faithful Father. He has not failed. He will
answer. He will supply. Submit yourself and ask Him to forgive you for allowing
these doubts to spring up.”

Read this devotion online: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/25757?src=devo-email

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