“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
While never surprised that individuals will sometimes experience a crisis of faith, I am shocked when prayer is the issue; not receiving the remedy prayed for, or it did not occur in the desired time frame. It’s as illogical as me claiming a crisis of childhood; that I couldn’t believe in my parents because they failed to give me everything I wanted when I wanted it. Staying the course in growth and maturity, I came to realize that my parents, in their mix of granting, denying, delaying, and withholding, were working not for my detriment, but my greater good. If imperfect parents are able to accomplish as much, should not a perfect heavenly Father be trusted all the more. If the litmus test of God’s faithfulness is you receiving from him everything you ask, then your destiny is one of continuing spiritual adolescence and frustration. In both life and faith, just because you don’t like the answer doesn’t mean it’s the wrong answer.