Chances are at one time or another, you've prayed and prayed for something, whether it be to bless a wayward child or for the healing of a family member or friend, only to have those prayers seemingly go unanswered. I know you have. And I wonder what I'm doing wrong. Or if the Lord is even listening to me. After all, why should he listen to a sinner such as myself?
Then, my wiser self takes over and I realize that of course the Lord is listening, that He listens even to the most lowly of us (me). But still, I cannot help wondering (sometimes) why that prayer, a righteous desire, goes without the answer I sought. Maybe the problem lies in that I am trying to tell the Lord what to do.
Never a good idea.
I then try to make my prayer one of supplication, ending with "not my will but thine be done." That's hard. Really, really hard.
So, for today, I am grateful for those times when I can remember that the Lord to be in charge.