I’m still mulling over the sermon series on prayer and, in homegroups, the online 24/7 Prayer Course. The teaching was so uplifting, but also quite hard to live out.

We were encouraged to bring all our thoughts and worries to God. We should be thankful for all the answered prayers, no matter how small the request; be it money to pay our bills, or for the easy-to-find car park space.

However God’s plans don’t always result in His saying ‘yes’ to every request and we have to deal with the disappointment. Sometimes our seemingly unanswered prayer is God using our situation to help us grow as Christians or to encourage and teach others. We may only see this in hindsight as we reflect on what’s happened.

Trusting God with all of our life means giving all our burdens to Jesus and believing that God will act according to His good and perfect will.

May I encourage you to continue to pray on your own and as a church family, for all your requests big or small. And don’t be discouraged if the answer you receive isn’t the one you hoped for. God is using your situation to bring change to the world through you.

Irish poet, Joseph Scriven’s life was full of unanswered prayer and tragedy, but he penned the now famous hymn which sums up what our attitude should be:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Rebecca Kelly,
Leadership Team