The chapter on answered prayer really intrigued me . It started out with the scripture Matthew 7:7-11 where it talks about asking and you will receive. I have always wondered how to apply this to my prayer life. It seems like it’s saying all you have to do is ask and you get it. I have not known this to be true in my own life very often, at least not right away.
Stanley explains that there is a little more involved than just asking for something. Once again God is more interested in making us like Him. We need to seek his face not just his blessings. He goes on to talk about how He always measures our desires against what is best for us. We need to be in a position to allow him to answer our prayers. We are to be specific so we know God has answered us. I had never thought about it this way. I think I have a tendency to pray too vaguely.
We also need to remember that the ultimate goal is to glorify God. We need to keep our eyes on this instead of the blessing. It is always God’s pleasure to answer our prayers, but He’s not going to act like a genie granting our every desire. There are some prayers I have prayed that I’m actually glad God said no!
I was really looking forward to reading the chapter on unanswered prayer. I lost a child many years ago and at the same time came down with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I had prayed many prayers and so did hundreds of others. Would God not think that it is best to heal her and not make her suffer? I was disappointed that he did not address these kinds of prayers as opposed to “less important prayers” I know that everything is important to God, but I’m referring to life and death requests. Stanley does mention that there are some things we will never know.