The truths that I know best I have learned on my knees. I never know a thing well, till it is burned into my heart by prayer. -John Bunyan
Does God really hear our prayers?
Sometimes life can appear like God somehow forgot about us. We lift our hearts up to Him expecting change in our life but then it does not come.
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling like a broken record as we keep on asking God for that miracle, that healing, or that desire.
Sometimes life may feel like God is ignoring us. But what if this unanswered prayer was really God giving you a purpose, which gave you more passion and more determination in your pursuit.
What if your lack is actually helping more people as you share your story.
You may say to me, “Yeah that’s great and all but when will I be healed”?
I want you to think about an idea…that God has chosen you for a special purpose even if you are NOT healed or the prayers you have asked God about have not been answered.
These unanswered prayers are most likely doing more than you can see. That also doesn’t mean that we should give up on them.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
If you read my testimony of redemption through rejection, you will see that I struggled with physical abuse. The last event I experienced as a very young adult with physical abuse has affected me and will for the rest of my life.
You see this last even will remain a constant memory as I was injured badly. So badly, that I could not feel the right side of my body for weeks later. I ended up at the hospital from this and no amount of pain pills was enough to help ease this injury I suffered. Over the years I have suffered from continuous back pain. No amount of thereapy or pain medication was able to get me healed.
I prayed and I prayed and I prayed….still no miracle of healing. I was later diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Again no healing. There was only waiting and waiting for God to answer me.
Two years ago I was on so much pain medication and nerve blocking medication that I couldn’t handle it anymore. Side effects were overtaking who I was.
On top of it all I was blind sided by a divorce. Definitely not in my plans.
But you know the beautiful thing that came from all of this pain and heartache…
- God didn’t stop my divorce–He gave me courage
- He didn’t heal my physical wounds–He gave me strength
He simply told me…Just trust me Sarah.
Trust me with all your pain.
Trust me that you can lean on me for strength.
And that is what I did.
After praying I stopped taking all of my Fibromyalgia medicine. I haven’t needed to take it since. And the miracle in all of this is that I was not healed of all of my pain. I was given just enough relief to take on what I needed to. And now I love talking to people about the physical pain I have endured. We don’t suffer alone. We suffer together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
That is what God does for you too. He may not completely heal you because with this lack you are able to be the story of redemption people need to hear. You are redeemed not because you are completely healed but instead because you are CHOSEN.
I have made the mistake in the past that because things did not appear picture perfect that for some reason that meant I wasn’t better. The truth is that my pain is made perfect in God’s will and His love. My scars are beautiful and so are yours!
The next time you think that God hasn’t heard your heartfelt prayers please think how God is using it to bring more people into the Kingdom of Heaven. Maybe God is using your pain and your lack so that others may see that you too still need HIM.
What are you needing to trust God with Today?