When was the last time you were on your knees before the throne of heaven, only to feel like no one was home? Have you ever felt like the prophet Jeremiah who believed his prayer was a one-way conversation?
You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through. (Lamentations 3:44)
To be sure, one of the great trials for the Christian is the trial of the silence of heaven. The years have taught me that often those with great faith are given even greater faith through seasons of silence from the throne room. Charles Spurgeon explained it this way:
The Lord, when He has given great faith, has been known to try it by long delaying. He has suffered His servants’ voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. True saints have continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased Him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to His own pleasure. If it pleases Him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall He not do as He wills with His own! Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials.
When no one seems to be home in heaven, you can be sure that God is preparing you for a greater good than an immediate answer to your requests. Make no mistake, unanswered prayers are never unheard. God hears all of our prayers and knows which answer is best to give to us: YES, NO, or WAIT. Our God does not hear our prayers and then forget them over time. Can you not testify to prayer answered long after you had forgotten the prayer request itself? I certainly can testify to this truth.
You see, God knows what is best for everyone of His children.Sometimes the child needs a rapid response of YES and God is delighted to give it. At other times the child needs a firm NO, and God is so pleased to give that too.And there are times the child needs a solid WAIT in order that faith might be strengthened and God would be glorified.
So . . . what prayers have you been praying lately?They never “fall on deaf ears” in the eternal counsel of the Triune God.God hears our every petition and will deal with us according to His sovereign purpose and plan for our lives.
When Solomon said, “I called Him but He gave me no answer” (Song of Solomon 5:6), he was simply experiencing what every child of God experiences from time to time.Solomon knew God had not departed, even though the answer to his prayers was delayed.And you too must never forget that God cares so much for you that He will only give to you what He knows is for your ultimate good and His glory.Let that Gospel truth carry you through seasons of silence from the throne room of heaven.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!