Recently the archbishop of Canterbury has admitted to having doubts about the existence of God and disclosed that, on a recent morning jog with his dog, he questioned why the Almighty had failed to intervene to prevent an injustice. Who else will not think at least once in their life span whether God exits or not, even the saints. Job’s questions were really real and fathom from his heart. Still God doesn’t answer his questions, but ask him a few questions that he never can answer. When we seek and intercession and nothing happens favourably in our life it is common to think the existence of God.
The first step to tackle this question is to find out why we need a God. Why we need an almighty God that interferes into our daily matters? In fact we need a God because we are present here physically. Our life is meaningful only because of God and in God. So A God should be there by itself, not to provide our needs or hear our submissions. So we can place God out of our imaginations and expectations.
Most common fault derive from these kind of desperate situation is we may seek other resorts. When God didn’t answer Saul he went to a Medium and talked to Samuel’s soul. Leave aside whether it was his soul or not, but Saul invited God’s curse on him by that act. It is very dangerous if we seek a resort out of God. 1 Samuel 28.
In many occasions when we seek intersession the time is most appropriate time for us. We imagine that this is the best time to happen what we ask to God. So it is our time has come but that not of God. Most probably in the middle of roaring sea when the tempest started to break up the ship Jonah must have prayed to God. But time of God was different. He listened to his prayer when he was in the belly of giant fish. Jonah 1.
When we try to find out why God is not responding to our prayers and when we start questioning we will be rewriting the book of Job. We will left with a few more questions that we can’t in fact answer. But, Jesus pointed out some facts to make us perfect before God when we seek his intercession. If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11. Before we start asking we have to understand it is the God only knows what is good for us. So a ready answer is not expected.
The parable of Pharisee and Tax Collector narrates what will be out basic mind-set when we seek. Being humble in heart is very difficult and more difficult is not to compare others with us in front of God. Luke 18:9.
A pure heart is an essential asset when we start to pray. A broken heart is very tempting for God, as a willing spirit. Psalm 51. For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16.
Keeping all these aside and subordinate we have to understand that a prayer shall not necessarily answerable. We have to change the attitude that our intersessions always need a response from God. We are praying to God without any reason or any logic behind it. We are praying because we are his creatures. And he is almighty. That understanding itself will change our mind of seeking response from Him. Gradually we will be transferred to a state as St John of the Cross narrates, a state where we wont seek an assurance from God or we actually don’t need a retort from God, but our soul will be satisfied within by His great intersessions only understandable by our soul without any help of five senses.