I have heard the song “Seek Ye First” many times at Mass, as I’m sure many of you have too. But last Sunday, when we got to the verse, “Ask and it shall be given unto you…” I started to tear up. I was feeling very disappointed that God has not answered my prayers yet. My husband and I have been praying for months that God will bless us with children, including novenas to both St. Gianna and St. Gerard. However, month after month we’re faced with the feeling of disappointment and the challenge to trust God once again. I struggle with thoughts of “Why God, have you not answered our prayers yet? We’re asking for such a good thing! I know you want us to be parents, so when is it going to happen? We’re ready!” I’m sure many of you can relate to similar feelings of frustration when you’re still waiting for God to answer whatever you have been praying for fervently. Maybe you’re waiting for God to heal someone who is sick. Maybe you’re waiting for employment. Maybe you’re waiting for your future spouse. So why does God seem to not always answer our prayers when He clearly promised in the Gospel that He would?
I don’t know that anyone has a clear answer to this question, although many speculate. However, what I do know is that God loves me so much, that He will only give me what is best for me. My husband reminds me of this over and over again. God has a plan, and of course, it would be great if He would let us see it ahead of time, but that’s not how He works. God works in His time and in His way. In Isaiah 55:8, God reminds us that His thoughts are not our thoughts nor are His ways our ways. In other words, we are not God. God is so much greater than we can ever fathom. Therefore, we have to trust that He knows what is best for us. We have to trust that He loves us more than anyone else ever could and He will only bring us goodness.
When I look back on my life and the ways God has blessed me, I can clearly see how God has answered my prayers. It often takes a lot longer than I would prefer, but it has always turned out so much better than I could have ever imagined. And for the prayers that He didn’t seem to answer? It usually turns out that I’m glad He didn’t, because He had a better plan.
God wants us to seek Him with our whole heart. When we entrust our whole selves to Him, He brings us peace. He tells us in Philippians 4:6-7: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
When you feel like God doesn’t hear your prayers, go to Him. Tell Him how you feel. Put your trust in Him. Remember how much He loves you and all the times in scripture He promises to care for you. And thank Him. Thank Him for the prayers He has already answered in your life and thank Him for the prayers He will answer in His way and in His time. Then you will be at peace.