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When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayerby Gerald Laws Sittser
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When fervent prayers--prayers for the healing of a sick spouse, the salvation of a wayward child, or lasting peace in a war-ravaged nation--go unanswered, we feel the effects. It is hard to bounce back, to continue to believe in God's goodness when our prayers go unanswered. Dare we pray again? Without answers, we may feel faith slipping from us, like solid ground washed away after a sudden rainstorm. This is a book about the mystery of unanswered prayer. Why does God fail to answer some of our most heartfelt prayers when Scripture promises he will? Jerry Sittser probes the hard questions of faith for readers who want to move beyond the cliches. What does unanswered prayer say about God? What does it say about us? Woven throughout are stories from his own life as well as from the experience of others who have struggled with these issues. By exploring the questions honestly, Sittser helps us to pray more deeply and with greater faith. Unanswered prayer is a mystery, to be sure. But more mysterious still, more wild and wonderful and holy and beautiful, is God himself. He is the end of all our prayers, the object of our faith, the one who fulfills the deepest longing of the human heart.
This is a book about the mystery of unanswered prayer. Why does God fail to answer some of the most heartfelt prayers when Scripture promises he will? Sittser probes the hard questions of faith for readers who want to move beyond the clichs.
More than a decade ago, Jerry Sittser prayed for the protection of his family, yet three of his loved ones---his daughter, his wife, and his mother---died in an automobile accident. What went wrong? 'Why wasn't my prayer answered?' he asks. 'It is no longer an abstract question to me. What should we do and how should we respond when our prayers---prayers that seem right and true and good---go unanswered?'In When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer, Sittser continues exploring the issues he addressed in A Grace Disguised. He asks, 'Why doesn't God answer our prayers? What, if anything, can we do about it?' Sittser is intensely committed to exploring the Christian faith, especially when it doesn't seem to 'work.' In this thoughtful and beautifully written book, he moves beyond easy answers and religious formulas to explore the goodness and greatness of a God who cannot be controlled but can be trusted. When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer takes an honest and probing look at the problem of unanswered prayer. In doing so, it draws us ever deeper into a relationship with the God who is the end of all our prayers, the object of our faith, the one who fulfills our deepest longings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-206).
Jerry Sittser probes the mystery of unanswered prayer as he shares stories from his own life as well as from the experience of others who have struggled with these issues.
Table of Contents
Are you listening, God? — The true heart of prayer — Can God take our complaints? — Unanswered prayer as a gift — Prayer excavates the heart — The courage to keep asking — Praying according to God's will — Prayer is not about us! — Prayer changes us.
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