Thanksgiving for unanswered prayers

July 19, 2018frjohnma

Almost every human being prays according to his/her temperaments and needs. The question is, does every prayer work the way we think it should be? I am wondering how every prayer can work the way we think it should be! How does God answer farmers’ prayers against conflicting weather; how does God answer the prayers of soldiers in a war front? How does God answer the prayers of football players and their fans for victory? In Genesis 1:28, God says “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” This is the source of our power. We have used it well especially in our scientific and technological drives. On the other hand, we need to reflect on how the genuine use of this same power is dissipating daily through wars, genocidal activities, deforestation, abortion, terrorism, unjust political systems, siphoning and hoarding of public funds and so forth. What would have happened if God had given us the supernatural powers to make all prayers to be answered? One of my very intelligent friend, prayed that God should take away his intellect because it made him to be too critical against faith matters but at the end it was his intelligence that helped him during his traumatic situations.

Prayer: “Just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”┬áMay God assist us to revere His supernatural powers and His will for us always. Amen.

Comments (10)

  • Ben Mary Ameh

    July 19, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Very thought provoking.How about those who do not pray at all and God still provides for them ,and even very generously most often. Isn’t whether God answers prayers or not a factor of our thought process,wanting to force our will? I am lost. Thanks Fr.

    1. frjohnma

      July 20, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Thanks be to God! Let us remain prayerful and leave the rest for God.

  • James Ishom

    July 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Comment (Required) Thanks for your prayers! At times I feel God has traveled but my faith keep urging me, don’t worry, it will be well and so I trusted the more. Now, I can see signs

    1. frjohnma

      July 20, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for sharing your testimonies. God bless you. Amen

  • Mrs Otu paulyn

    July 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Amen & amen

    1. frjohnma

      July 20, 2018 at 9:29 am


  • Sr Patricia Onah

    July 19, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    It’s really true that almost every human being prays according to his/her temperament. The form of prayer that resonates with me is the reflective prayer. It’s helpful to know what form of prayer we’re at home with. Thanks Fr. for the reflective writing.

    1. frjohnma

      July 20, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much dearest Sr and Woman of God!

  • Sis Adaeze Mary

    July 19, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    May God give us the grace to surrender our will to him. Thank you for this wonderful piece.

    1. frjohnma

      July 20, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thanks a lot for your acceptance of God’s will and prayers. God bless you. Amen

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