‘We will spend most of eternity thanking God for those prayers of ours that God didn’t answer!’ ~C.S Lewis
It seems that many of our prayers are never answered. We have asked for genuine requests and much of them have been heartfelt. But on many occasions we find that the door is seemingly closed. We are encouraged by the words of Jesus, “Ask and you shall receive”. But there are times when all our requests have been ignored and we do at times feel let down, hurt and even abandoned. Spiritual writers will answer by saying our prayers aren’t answered because we asked for the wrong thing. They will also say that our prayer was answered but at a deeper level and only with time will be begin to understand that it was answered. But every prayer is a genuine attempt in making a connection with our loving God. Every time we pray we receive God’s blessings. Even when our prayer seems shallow or desperate God extends a multitude of blessings. So in that sense prayer is not wasted, pointless or a meaningless exercise. As we journey towards Christmas our prayers are important and significant.