Ruffled Feathers and Unanswered Prayers

Mitch Teemley

MoltingOwlWhy does Godso frequently let us go through the things from which we’ve prayed to be spared? It has a lot to do, I suspect, with the fact that God is in the discipleship business, not the insurance business. What we want it is comfort and security, to remain unruffled. What God wants is to change us into to something better, something that looks a lot more like Him, and through us to change the world to something that looks a lot more like heaven.

That requires a lot of ruffling.

So is it a sinto want to avoid trials? No. Even Jesus prayed before his crucifixion, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” But notice, he added, “Yet not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39). Why? Because he knew that, no matter how hard it might be to follow…

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2 thoughts on “Ruffled Feathers and Unanswered Prayers”

  1. I too often focus on Philippians 4 and praying as Paul instructs. One thing I’ve found particularly helpful too is going back to verse 5. Our very ability to be anxious for nothing is grounded in God’s nearness. Focusing on the gift of His presence in any and every circumstance sometimes makes all the difference. Thanks for sharing!

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