Prayer versus Unanswered Prayer
"Prayer vs Unanswered Prayer" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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I remember the day when I told myself to honestly weight things. Such as... have I ever really seen a real miracle? Have I ever witnessed a healing? Have I ever experienced a genuine answer to an important prayer?
If the answer is "no", then as a pastor I knew exactly how to spin it. We've heard them all.
"Thank God for unanswered prayer!" (a rather humorous country song). "God always answers prayer, but in his way." "One day is a thousand years to God. Just because it's not answered today doesn't mean it won't be answered tomorrow!" "God heals the inside first and works his way out." "God knows best!" "You didn't pray correctly." "You didn't pray in accordance with God's will." "You didn't have enough faith!"
Again, these are all spins. They are all ways of explaining unanswered prayer.
I'm not being mean. I'm sharing my story. My own process. This is a very crucial component of my spiritual deconstruction: simply being brutally honest with myself.
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