Take a minute and thank God that He hasn’t answered every prayer we’ve prayed, the way we wanted Him to answer it. Thank Him that He hasn’t granted all the things we’ve asked Him for over the years because if He had, we’d probably be in a real mess right now!
James wrote we have “wrong motives” and that’s why God has said no to our requests. Thank God for unanswered prayer! We have wrong motives because we are fallen, sinful, foolish, ignorant, and full of pride. That means that our prayers are grounded in those character traits.
If we believe God is wiser than we are… knows better than we do… and is actually God, then we will thank God he didn’t let us marry the person we asked Him to let us marry, get the job we thought we needed, realize the outcome to the situation we thought was best, or answer the way we wanted the hundreds of other prayer requests that were not in line with His will!
Think about this too… there is something you and I are praying about right now. There is a good chance we are praying with wrong motives that are hidden from us. There is the possibility that God will say no to whatever it is we are praying. And if God says no to whatever it is we are praying about, that is the best thing He can do for us… for you… for me. And we need to thank Him for that!
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. (1 John 5:14)