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by Stephen A. Peterson 
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Unanswered Prayer

Stephen A. Peterson

Unanswered prayer can be so frustrating, 16 year old Lesley Dolman thought, as she sat in her bedroom writing a research paper for her World History class. She had been praying for two specific requests every day for the last three months. One prayer request was for that bright red Lexus with dual speakers in the front and rear, black leather seats, a global positioning system and a CD player. She didn't want to remind her parent by dropping hints. They knew Lesley's want in this area. The other request was to obtain a CD surround sound system for her bedroom so that she can really hear her music. Lesley just knew her parents could afford what she wanted. Just 7 months earlier her father had received a $100,000 raise from his engineering company where he is employed. But so far, nothing. No answers came. So she tried to determine, why God hadn't answered her prayers. Did she do something wrong? Perhaps? She was a very good student taking some very difficult courses---Chemistry, Physics, Algebra I, Algebra II, Calculus, Anatomy and Physiology. She had "A's" in every one of her classes not shortchanging anything. Lesley was eager to learn from her teachers and students who knew more than she in a given area. She has not missed a single day of school nor a single class. She has never been a behavior problem in class. She was popular and well thought of by her peers and teachers alike because of friendly disposition and humble spirit. Frankly, Lesley was ready to give up.

As she paused for a moment to collect her thoughts, her 4 year old brother burst into her room to show her an intriguing new game. It was a large plastic cube with many different shapes cut out of the sides—triangles, circles, stars, squares and moons. The game also had little plastic shapes that matched the cutouts. The idea, of course, was to match the shapes with the holes in the cube and then slide them through to the center. Lesley watched her little brother pick up a bright blue star and try to force it through a square hole.

“No, Mikey,” Lesley said. “Match the shape.” Her little brother ignored her, trying over and over again to squeeze a star into a same opening. Finally, her little brother became so frustrated he gave up and toddled off.

Lesley sat there and thought how God must feel when He watches and listens to her pray. She thought that like her little brother she came to pray with little piles of requests, all self-shaped and self-willed and tried to squeeze them into God’s will. Also like her little brother, she missed the point. Lesley learned that the real idea of prayer is not to insist on what she wanted, but to open herself up to what God wanted for her instead. In other words, to match the shape of her will to the shape of God’s will, even if it meant trading a star for a square. After all, Lesley told herself, wasn’t that what Jesus did just before His torture and death when he prayed in Gethsemane? Jesus matched Himself up with the Father.

Suddenly Lesley prayed again, adding a sincere postscript to her requests. She added: “Lord, not my will, but Your Will be done. I’ll wait for You, Lord! You’re always right!”

Thought for the Day: When we pray, we generally pray for desire; but it is far, far better to desire what God would have.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Lisa Walker Thomas 22 Jul 2004
How beautiful and creative, you must be a true story writer at heart. I really sincerely needed to hear this, I believe I have been guilty of shaping my prayer to my desire and not God's will, I will reverse it, and prepare myself for the answers to come, thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you, to speak to us. I think this is such a blessing I believe that it should be recieved by thousands, perhaps that's what God has in store for you...Thank you for sharing your gift, I believe in God's will for our lives, sometimes, I'm certain I push my own will, I thank you again and May God richly bless you, Thank you for blessing the body of Christ.


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