The Blessing of Unanswered Prayer

Michael Beck

“And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” (Psalm 106:15)

There came a time when Paul let it go. The heavens were as brass. God told Him to change his prayer: “Ask for more grace. That’s a prayer I’ll answer.”

Are we perceptive enough to know what God is up to in our life? Do we know how He would work even the most unpleasant things in our life together for good? Do we believe that He knows so much better than us what is in our best interest?

We think all we need to do is be insistent about what we want. Go ahead then. Beg, holler, scream, plead, fast and believe, demand and command, claim and confess, decree and declare … do whatever it is you think you need to do to get God’s ear. But you will never, by all you do, twist God’s arm and get Him to do something that is out of His will. If you stubbornly keep it up though, He just may let you have what you want. Do you want that kind of answer to “prayer?” When you get it you will have wished that the heavens had stayed as brass.

Thank God for unanswered prayer!

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.