Words For Courageous Living


While it is hard for me to make the following statement...I do. It is -"I am glad that God does not answer all my prayers the way I pray." Not only does logic and faith enter in but the story I wish to share with you certainly will convince you of its truth.

Some where and many years ago, I read of a young girl by the name of Amy Carmichael. It seems that she often prayed to God that her brown eyes would be blue. Well, the next morning she rushed to the mirror and found that her eyes were still brown. She was really crushed. In trying to console her daughter the mother said that God did answer her prayer. It was with a "no". Many years passed and God called Amy into missionary service. She responded to the call and became a missionary to the country of India.

In the course of her ministry she was grateful that God had not answered her prayer the way she prayed. Now, dressed in the garb of the natives, her skin tanned brown, she could pass among the people and be extremely effective in her ministry. There were several times when she actually rescued some children from the danger of the temples of India. You see blue eyes would have given her away.

:Paul put it this way: (Romans 8:26)

"We do not know what we ought to pray for..."

It is so important to always add, "Not my will, but yours be done, Lord" to our prayers. So, the bottom line is to pray, yes pray without ceasing, and to know that God will answer your prayer. It will be either with a "yes", a "no" or a "wait".

My prayer for you

I ask, in the name of Jesus, that this reader be encouraged that You do all things right. Amid difficulties and disappointments and the prayers that seemingly are not answered, may this one be encouraged that You are there WITH THEM.


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