Sometimes people say that God has not answered their prayers—they pray a few times and then give up praying. But we have to be faithful in praying to Him even though it doesn’t look like He will ever answer us. The very act of faithfully praying will change us and the situation because it focuses our attention on God. Our fervent, daily prayer is helping us to rely on God and not to rely on ourselves. Each time you pray for “the thorn” to be removed, you are being shaped. Your mind and your soul is connecting closer to God and less on your circumstances. For 25 years I had prayed for God to remove the emotional pain associated with my childhood, then one day I felt no more pain. I am reminded of the passages in Luke 11:
“Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us our food day by day. And forgive us our sins– just as we forgive those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.
Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this illustration: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You would say to him, `A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ He would call out from his bedroom, `Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and we are all in bed. I can’t help you this time.’ But I tell you this–though he won’t do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you what you want so his reputation won’t be damaged.
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks” (Luke 11:1-10 NLT).
If you are praying for God to work in your life, then do not give up—keep praying.
Copyright © 2011 M. Teresa Trascritti