Advantages of Unanswered Prayer

Wouldn’t old timers like John Chrysostom  be surprised to find themselves all over the internet? No matter, their faith still rings true.

“I prayed for many things and was not heard. For even this occurs often to your advantage. Since [God] realizes that you lose heart and are indolent, and that when you attain what you need you depart and no longer pray. God protects you with the pretext of need so that you may concern yourself with him more closely and devote yourself to prayer.” John Chrysostom (c. 349 – 407)

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’

And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. (Luke 11:5-8, NIV)

Prayer – Lord, help us persist in prayer, especially when things go awry. Amen

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