Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Key to Unanswered Prayer?


“David sought the face of the Lord.”
(2 Samuel 21:1)

“There are times when we put forth tremendous effort in prayers without getting any answer from God, yet how seldom do we seek to discover why! For how can we expect God to answer prayers that are out of harmony with His mind? In all our praying we must first find the key. It was this David sought to do at the time of prolonged famine this chapter describes.

“He did not simply cry to God: ‘This famine has lasted three years. Have mercy on us now and grant us a rich harvest this year.’ No, He sought the face of the Lord. Had God something to say about it? To his direct question God gave a direct reply, and with it the key to answered prayer. Saul, it appears, by slaying some of the Gibeonites, had violated God’s understanding with Israel to spare them. True, he had done it out of zeal for God; but he had sinned. God will not permit the breaking of a solemn vow. So there was something to be set right. ‘And after that,’ we read in verse 14, ‘God was intreated for the land.’ David had found the key.” (Watchman Nee)

In reading this short devotional from A Table in the Wilderness, I wondered about some of my own wrestlings with unanswered prayer. Has God abandoned me? No, of course not. Then what is it? Maybe Watchman Nee is on to something here.

  • Do you ever wonder about unanswered prayer in your own life?
  • Though zealous for God, are we still out of step with His plan?

 “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given to you besides.” (Matthew 6:33; Amplified)

Whose priorities are we concerned with the most; God’s or our own? I suspect that all too often, despite our objections to the contrary, the latter is truth to that question. Maybe if prayers seem to have been going unanswered, it's a sign that we may have been using the wrong key.

Something to think about. 

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