Thursday, June 18, 2015

#12. Why are some prayers unanswered?

Christian Prayer Catechism: Question #12

Q. Why are some prayers unanswered?

A. No prayers are unanswered; God always answers, “Yes, No, or Wait.”

In this sense, Christian prayers are always answered every time. In another sense, of course, we don’t always know what the answers are or when the “Yeses” will come. Waiting on God for these is a big part of how God uses prayer in our sanctification (Ps. 130:5-6, Isa. 38:9-20). One purpose of so-called “unanswered prayer” is how it motivates us to persevere in prayer. W. Bingham Hunter says, “Unanswered prayer may be God’s way of staying in touch with you” (Class Notes).