So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do: God, Are You Not Willing To Answer My Prayers? Part III (Matthew 8:1,2) (XXIX)

This is the twenty-ninth in a series of blogs on the ease of reading the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew … and the difficulty of following them.

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold a leper came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” The Jesus put out His and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy was cleansed.
(Matthew 8:1,2)

In the last blog in this series, it was noted that sometimes prayers go unanswered.

So, if God was willing to answer the leper’s request to be cleansed and some prayers go unanswered, then, it seems reasonable to ask, “Are unanswered prayers a result of God’s unwillingness to address them?”

In answering that question, ti was noted that God is always willing and able to do His best (His “best” is perfect). It was also noted that my prayers (1) cannot force God to do less than His best and that (2) God would not choose to less than His best just to answer my prayers.

So, if God’s got it all together (again, He’s perfect, so He’s got it all together), then it must be the human half (that would be you and me) of the prayer equation that needs to be addressed.

What’s wrong with me? Before answering this question, let’s first look at the 12th Chapter of Acts.

In the first two verses we read that Herod the King killed James the bother of John. In following verses (vv 3 – 19) Herod sets out to do the same with Peter.  So, Herod had Peter tossed in prison. However, a few hours before Peter was to be put to death, God miraculously saved him.

James dies and Peter is saved. Why not save James and Peter?

I don’t know.

I do know that there can be confusion and pain in unanswered prayer … but I won’t give up on God.

More on this subject in the next writing.

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Links to the previous blogs in this series can be found at Links to So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do.

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