So what are we to make of this? We've prayed that Ian would be healed and he hasn't.
Sadly, my prayer life has reflected how I've interpreted this. I've found instead of praying for Ian, I've just felt sad for Ian. I've slipped into a prayerless-hopelessness. Why has this happened? Though I'd never verbalize it, my actions are saying, "Well, God promised that he would answer my prayers. I prayed, and he didn't answer. God has lied."
And to that, our loving, holy Father would say very loudly, "
God promises and God answers! Not one promise has Jesus made that he hasn't fulfilled. And Jesus promised that if we ask of our Father, he will answer us.
Ask. Seek. Knock.
Think of it this way. Imagine a little boy who needs something of his father.
If his dad is standing right beside him, the boy just looks up and simply asks his dad for whatever he needs.
If the boy comes into the house, and his dad isn't standing right there, the boy calls out: "Dad, where are you?" And then the boy begins to search the house, seeking his dad, until he finds him. No matter how long it takes. He may have to look in the garage, the attic, the shed, the bedrooms...He may have to search the entire house. But he knows his father is home...
If the father is in the study with the door shut, the boy knocks until the dad answers. And when the father lovingly says, "Come in." The boy boldly opens the door and asks for whatever he needs.
It may seem like our Father is no where to be found. But he says, "Seek me my beloved sons and daughters, and you'll find me." It may seem like God is behind a brass door. But he says, "I hear and answer the faintest of knocks."
Our Father loves it when we pray!
"Ask - receive. Seek - find. Knock - the door will be opened." We have every reason to keep lifting up hope-filled prayers for our friend Ian.
We've been seeking for 7 months and haven't found yet...we've been knocking for 212 days and we haven't seen the door opened. But God has promised! He's our father, we're his children.
Today is Ian's 22nd birthday. Let's give him the gift of our prayers! Today, by the grace of God, let's resolve to pray all the harder for Ian's complete healing. Let's keep asking, seeking, and knocking!