Today Patricia Krank writes Part 3 of the Perseverance Series. Along with my friends, Holly Barrett and Debbie Kitterman, we are looking at what perseverance looks like in each of our lives. We not only share pieces of our stories, but practical tips and Scriptures as well. I don’t know about you, but I seek the tool of perseverance over and over as I seek God and practice endurance in the ups and downs.
Today Patti looks at the times when prayers remain unanswered. Her story resonates with my own. I also cry out “why” at times when I feel stuck and unheard.
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Over the course of my life I’ve experienced numerous answers to prayer, some of them HUGE, and my faith has been deepened by it. But there have also been times when I’ve come before God broken and begging for answers to the deep hurts of life – addictions, illnesses, death and other types of loss – and the answers haven’t been quick in coming.
As I’ve cried out to God I’ve often seen those around me rejoicing over His miraculous answers to their own prayers. Sometimes I’ve even been a part of praying for those whom God has answered. I truly rejoice with and for them.
And yet . . . I ask, “Have my own prayers become lost on their way to Your ears God? Or do You care more for others than You do for me?”
Our cries to God don’t go unheard and answers come when we least expect it. God is faithful through our questioning. He always guides us to the answers. Patience and perseverance wrap around us when we trust Him to provide just what we need.
I am thankful that God doesn’t stop at our questions and leave us hanging. Click here to read the rest of Patti’s post. She leads us through God’s truths and gives us ideas to pull us through the times of waiting for answered prayers. You won’t want to miss the rest of her words.
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This is such an important lesson when facing those times when we feel God isn’t listening. Such a powerful series.
This is such an important topic! We’ve all been there (or are there now). I’m clicking over to finish the post…
Love this series that you, Holly and Patti are doing, Mary! Thanks for sharing Patti’s words with us today. Persevering is so hard, so her insights are much needed.
Persevering with you and your friends, Mary. Finding that release and peace in handing all the burdens and concerns to the One who perseveres and intercedes for us.
Where would we be without Jesus?
I shudder …
Amen! It’s so easy to forget that God always answers our prayers…just not on OUR schedule! I’ve had answers to prayers years later and answers to prayer seconds later. It’s important to keep our relationship with God strong because that way we avoid the ‘blame God’ trap. If we truly know him, we’ll know that sometimes we have to wait–and it will all be ok.
Yes, God always gives us what we need even though it sure doesn’t feel like it at times. I will hear Him say, “Lynn, you are enough as I made you….” Heading over to the other writers! Lovely series.
God reminds me often I am enough and even still I doubt. I am blessed you stopped by. I pray this series provides you with encouragement in your own life.
Another encouraging post in this series, Mary, thank you for linking it here! I pray you’re having a blessed week, my friend!
I had a busy week but a productive one. I hope you had a good week too. Thank you for joining us in the series.
Thank you for this series, Mary and friends. I love Patti’s message of hope. It can be so hard sometimes when our prayers go unanswered, can’t it? I love your words added to it as well, Mary. “Patience and perseverance wrap around us when we trust Him to provide just what we need.” This is so true. Love and hugs to you, Patti, and your other friends!
You’re welcome! It is such a pleasure writing with these other ladies and learning from them. I love the topic we chose and there is so much in our own lives that speaks to persevering. I am sure you have many stories of your own. Thank you for joining us in the journey. It’s a pleasure to have you along.
I really enjoyed Patti’s post and this is a great series. It’s not easy to persevere when our prayers are not answered as we hope, or as quickly as we would like, but it is important to keep our eyes on God’s faithfulness.
Perseverance is a topic I could right about frequently. It looks different for each of us and there are an endless number of scenarios that I could write about. Thank you for following along.
Thanks for sharing Patricia’s post here. I love what she says about focusing our eyes on GOD, not on our unanswered prayers. This is such an important issue for our faith, isn’t it?
You’re welcome! Patti shared some great truths. I learned from her words and I loved her words about focusing on God and not our unanswered prayers. It makes such a difference. Thank you for leaving a quick comment here too.