7 Reasons to Thank God for Unanswered Prayer
Psalm 145:8-9 says: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
That tells me that His graciousness, compassion, and love are at work — even in unanswered prayer. So here are seven reasons to thank God even when you’re not getting an answer – yet:
1. God may be waiting to give you something that’s even better than you requested. Thank Him that He knows best.
2. God’s “no” in this situation may be for your — or someone else’s — protection. Thank Him that He cares about you that much.
3. By not giving you what you want, as soon as you ask for it, God is ensuring that you will keep coming back to ask. He doesn’t want the role of Santa Claus in your life. He wants the relationship. Thank Him for desiring your communication and your trust.
4. There may be something He wants you to see by His apparent “withholding.” Psalm 84:11 says “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” If you are walking uprightly, and He is truly withholding, then what you are asking for might not actually be a “good thing” for you. Thank Him for what He can see, that you cannot.
5. He will allow — or withhold — whatever will keep you right where you need to be when it comes to your relationship with Him. Thank Him that He desires your eternal joy over your temporal joy.
6. He will do whatever it takes (in blessing or withholding blessing) in order to keep you clinging to Him. Thank Him that He is a God who wants you clinging, rather than a God who couldn’t care less about you.
7. God desires your completion in Him and sometimes He can do more work in you, while you are waiting, than if He immediately granted your request. Thank Him that He will complete the work He has started in you in Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
There now, after thanking Him for those seven things, aren’t you starting to love Him even more than what it is you’re asking for? I hope so. Because I truly believe that’s the point.
Why are you thankful, even when you haven’t had the answer you’ve desired? Please let me know in the comment section below so I can pray for you.