One question on Facebook led to a comment that can be summed up as why didn't God answer my prayer? He asked if there is a God, and He has the power to answer prayers, why is there so much pain and suffering. How can evil exist?
I Quit Praying
In 2018 I got some index cards and wrote prayers on them, asking for different things. I would pray through them every day. One of the prayers was for kids.
Specifically that Casey would have a boy before she's 35.
Her 35th birthday came and went. I prayed for a little longer. I want to say I was continuing to pray faith-filled prayers while we tried fertility treatments again.
I didn't. The prayers changed from asking for a baby to asking God to remove the desire to have kids.
Withered Fig Tree; Learning Under Jesus
The next morning, coming back from Bethany, as we went along, I saw the fig tree from yesterday withered from the roots. Peter remembered, and turned to Jesus, saying, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
If Our Days Are Numbered, Why Pray For…?
I want to be able to say that I'm never stumped. That I have the perfect answer for every question. Except, I don't.
Sometimes the right answer is the wrong answer. It's correct, but it isn't what is needed.