When there’s silence from heaven

It’s hard when you don’t see answers to your prayers.
 
You pray and pray. And then you fast and you pray. And either you don’t get an answer or you get one . . . and it’s “no.”
 
Even though I’ve written six books on prayer, I too struggle with the silence and the “no.”
 
However, with all such tough questions, I look to the example of Jesus, who even got a “no” answer from his heavenly Father. He went to the cross, suffered, and died, even though his prayer was “Father, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.”
 
Sure, he gave his Father a way out . . . a bit of small print in that plea: “…but yours be done.”
 
If we’re honest, we will say that we want to pray BIG and get those BIG answers. But sometimes that doesn’t happen.
 
In those times it truly does help to look at Jesus’ prayers from the cross, the last of ten prayers of his that we have. Those prayers were these:
 
– “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
– “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
– “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
 
He teaches us with these prayers that forgiveness is critical–even in those unjust situations of life.
 
Jesus also shows us his humanity–that it’s okay to lament and question and struggle a bit in our faith. That reassures me when I’m in a pit of self-pity. Why, God?
 
And he also teaches us, ultimately, that putting ourselves in the Father’s hands is an act of strength and trust and purpose. God can make something out of our struggles. He can make us better, and he can use us for a greater purpose than our own personal desires.
 
This explanation is pretty simplistic. I dive more into these and Jesus’ other prayers in The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. If you’re struggling today, I think you’d find the discussion helpful . . . especially since most of Jesus’ prayers were out of his own struggles.
 
Keep Looking Up! When we are immersed in our own stuff of life, we get pretty inward. As Lauren Daigle sings . . . look up, child.
 
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