“Got Questions? — Unanswered Prayers”

On June 24, Pastor Katy preaches on 1 John 5:14-15.

14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

To hear the words “You are in my prayers” or to receive a card that says “I’m praying for you” brings so much comfort to so many of us. It reminds us of God’s presence in our lives, and it reminds us that we are not alone in the midst of whatever we are going through. Most of us would agree that prayer is a good thing and that God hears our prayers, so what do we do with times when it feels as though our prayers have gone unanswered? When our loved one succumbs to cancer or an innocent child continues to suffer, does that mean that we didn’t pray hard enough or does it mean that God chose not to heal? We’ve all asked these questions at some point, and there are no easy answers, but perhaps a conversation about prayer itself is a place to start.