"I 'feel' like God doesn't hear me when I pray and isn't answering me."
Oh, how I can relate to this adult size struggle.
This little one, you see, has really bad eczema and has a very restricted diet. She itches, she hurts, she watches others eat what they want. We have prayed and still do, for healing, for wisdom, for answers, for grace. I guess it was just too much for her tired little heart last night, the flood gates were open wide. So much like her mommy, I'm afraid.
I took a deep breath as I stroked her hair, buying time,really, praying for words from my Father to soothe her saddened heart.
"Oh, sweet one, do you know that God loves you so much? He hears us when we cry, He always does! His Word says so and we can trust His Word! I want to tell you three things about our God that might help you, okay?
First, God is all sovereign and all powerful. He controls every single thing in this whole world. This big and powerful God is in charge of everything that happens to you, everything.
Second, He is all wise. He knows everything! His word tells us that His ways and thinking are far, far above our ways and the way we think. Let's just say He is way, way smarter than us, okay?
Third, He LOVES you so much. I mean so much that before He even created the world He had plans for your precious life. And that was, like, thousands of years ago! He knit you together in my womb, planning each day of your life. He is probably crying with you right now because He loves you so much that it hurts His heart to see you crying, but He knows better, sweetie. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows what is best for each of us to go through to make us more and more to like Jesus. That's what we want, really, to be like Jesus.
Oh, honey, we can trust Him with this. Remember, He is all powerful and in charge of everything. He knows far better when to heal you and when to make us wait. Oh, and the best thing is He loves you so much. You need to believe that and when the enemy comes whispering that He doesn't hear your prayers or you 'feel' like He is not answering your prayers, you just remember what we have talked about, okay. You say, NO! that is not true, my God hears my prayers! Remember your verse? The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry!? Right?"
We prayed for grace to trust Him more. We held tight in each other's arms until the floodgates had closed and the breathing was calm, and off to sleep to hear her Father singing over her.
Are we not among the most privileged there is to be able to minister hope, truth and comfort to these precious ones? What would you trade for this honor? Don't you think for one minute that what you do is not 'ministry'! Priceless, I am telling you, priceless this honor that He bestows on you and I. Priceless!
Oh, and couldn't this same message be spoken to our weary and fearful heart?