Why is God Silent When I Pray?


Michael Guido
Michael Guido


By Michael Guido / Metter, GA / Now in Heaven

I do not know why God ever made me, he cried in deep despair. God has not made you yet, said his friend. He is making you and you do not like what is going on. That story neatly summarizes the tenth Psalm.
Whoever wrote this psalm was asking the same question. O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide from me when I need you the most? But is this a question or an accusation? If God is distant or hiding, could there be a reason? What is going on here? Is it God s doing or the Psalmists? Who is responsible for the feelings of isolation or separation? Is it doubt or is it distrust? Or is it neither?
This psalm does not end where it begins. It concludes with a bold proclamation, The Lord is King forever and ever! And a short time later we read, Lord You know the hopes of the helpless. Surely You will hear their cries and help them.
Is God ever absent from the lives of those who look to Him for salvation? It surely seems so. When the ones who claim they do not need God seem to prosper and we who worship Him are forced to go without, where is He?
The author does not speculate about what God is doing nor why He does not respond to our cries immediately. He simply reminds us of the grace of God and that in His time and in His way He will hear us and comfort us. Our faith only grows through adversity.

Prayer: Give us courage, Father, to be patient while You work within us to shape us into Your likeness. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 10:17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,

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Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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