Thatone‘s troubles multiply dailyandthelist of unansweredprayerskeepsgrowing by theminute, are not proofthat God is dead–or He is a myth–or He does not care–or He is not listening. If anything, suchoccurrences could mean God’s timing and your timing are not in sync, or, perhapsyou may havebeentoononchalant in making your requests. Furthermore, thethornyouseek to removemaybethelink that keepsthechaintogether. In thatcase, God grace is sufficientforyou.
Weknow with greatcertaintyboth from our ownexperiencesand James’ writing in thebook of thesamenamethatthenonchalantprayerrequestsdo not avail much: But, as James rightlyputsit: “.. Theeffective, ferventprayer of a righteousman avails much” (James 5:16). But James did not stopthere. In verses 17-18 He called into remembrance Elijah’s petitionfordroughtandrain through ferventprayer.
Less anyone thinks Elijah wassomekind of a supernaturalbeing, here is what James says: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, andheprayedearnestlythatit would not rain, anditdid not rain on thelandfor three yearsand six months. Andheprayedagain, andtheheavengaverain, andtheearthproduced its fruit,” (James 5:16-18).
So, contrary to atheisticthinking, God is alive. He is not a myth. Hecares, He listens, and He answers prayers. However, sometimes God’s peoplehave to fightfor their blessing like Jacob did. Othertimesittakespatienceandfaith like Job’s.