Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as in heaven.
If we want to think about unanswered prayers, we should begin there. It was first prayed 2,000 years ago- by Jesus himself. Yet, billions of prayers offered from sincere hearts for righteous reasons go unanswered every day. If prayer is meant to be a Divine Fix of an immediate need, it's a bust.*
It's telling, isn't it? The Unanswered Prayer of all time belongs to God. And yet Jesus says this is the model for our prayers. Maybe we are missing something about prayer. Maybe the point prayer is not to change a particular situation, but the people who are praying. Maybe aligning our prayers with Jesus’ prayer is the first step to God’s will being done “on earth.”
“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that,
but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do,
what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength.
I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”
*Some prayers DO see immediate results. More on that in the next post
How will the Lord’s Prayer shape your prayers, today?