Does God answer your prayers?

In a divided nation, people on both sides have turned to God in prayer for our country to have a president who is moral and honorable, who will defend our constitutional rights and keep our nation safe from those who would attack our freedoms. People on both sides would claim the legitimacy of their beliefs and convictions without reservations. People on both sides would claim that truth is on their side beyond a doubt. People on both sides would believe with certainty that God was on their side.

So whose prayers does God refuse?

My country is divided, my community is divided, my workplace is divided, my friends are divided and even my family is divided. So what is the truth? What is the measure of morality? How does a nation undone begin to heal?

So whose prayers does God refuse?

The election outcome was not the “blue wave” I expected. Instead the outcome leaves us with a divided government as 75 million Americans chose a Democratic President and 71 million Americans chose to keep a Republican Senate. While I didn’t see at it right away, I do realize now this may have been exactly what a divided nation needs most at this time because it keeps both sides at the table with an equal voice. It means our leaders will have no choice but to work together and find common ground if our nations division is to be healed.

So whose prayers does God refuse?

I’ve said time and time again that I believe God answers all prayers, but not always in the way we might’ve expected. My Dad always said God answers our prayers, but we need to do our part, too. This outcome means our prayers were heard, but it also means we must all do our part to heal division, end a deadly pandemic, a foster peace and prosperity for all Americans.

So whose prayers does God refuse? God refuses no ones prayers.

How do I know this? I know it because it’s at the core of my faith. I know it because my Dad believed it and no one said it better than Mick Jagger when he wrote, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you might find you get what you need.” Who could argue with that?


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