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You have not given me any details, so I am not
sure that you have prayed about this situation,
but if you have not, I recommend that you do take
this situation to God in prayer.
Waiting - exercising patience - is a very
important quality to cultivate. Oftentimes we
pray for something, and we feel so sure that it
is the right thing; we pray and then we wait to
experience the answer to our prayer. And when it
does not come as we expect, we wonder whether we
will see our prayer answered at all! And then
doubt can creep in.
When thinking about this situation, it's
important to realize that your expectations may
not be fulfilled just as you hoped - or that the
answer to your prayer may have to wait - or that
God has something even better in mind for you.
Here's a very good section from The Urantia
Book that helps us understand the answer to
prayer. I recommend reading it carefully:
The answer to prayer
Among other important things, we read the
following statement in that section:
168:4.9 6. All true prayers are
addressed to spiritual beings, and all such
petitions must be answered in spiritual terms,
and all such answers must consist in spiritual
realities. Spirit beings cannot bestow material
answers to the spirit petitions of even material
beings. Material beings can pray effectively only
when they "pray in the spirit."
168:4.13 10. All genuine spirit-born
petitions are certain of an answer. Ask and you
Doubt can be a stone in our path...doubt about
our place in the world, about whether our faith
is really worth having, about whether God really
cares for us, about whether our prayers are
heard...Jesus tells us that the "good fight of
faith" is very important:
world is filled with hungry souls who famish in
the very presence of the bread of life; men die
searching for the very God who lives within them.
Men seek for the treasures of the kingdom with
yearning hearts and weary feet when they are all
within the immediate grasp of living faith. Faith
is to religion what sails are to a ship; it is an
addition of power, not an added burden of life.
There is but one struggle for those who enter the
kingdom, and that is to fight the good fight of
faith. The believer has only one battle, and that
is against doubt—unbelief.
No matter whether your expectation is
fulfilled or not, your faith in the goodness of
God will help you rise above any disappointment
you may feel if your prayers are not answered as
you wish. God knows you better than you know
yourself, and he does hear you. Leave all
outcomes with him, try to relax, and know that
whatever plans he has in store for you are good.
2:6.9 Facing the
world of personality, God is discovered to be a
loving person; facing the spiritual world, he is
a personal love; in religious experience he is
both. Love identifies the volitional will of God.
The goodness of God rests at the bottom of the
divine free- willness—the universal tendency to
love, show mercy, manifest patience, and minister
And in the meantime, spend your energy in
getting closer with God and sharing your inner
life with him. As Jesus states in the passage
above, God dwells inside of you - in
your deepest mind and highest thinking - so
making an effort to really commune with him will
bring you comfort and guidance.
Thanks again for writing, and best wishes!