When God is Silent
By: Taleen Horton
October 30, 2015
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1)
Have you ever prayed and prayed to God, and. . . nothing? All you get is silence.
No answers. . . no direction. . . no guidance. . . no “yes’s”. . . no “no’s”. . . no nothing! Just silence! It certainly can be discouraging.
The dictionary defines the word silence as “a situation or state in which someone does not talk about or answer questions about something; absence of any sound or noise; stillness; the state of being forgotten; oblivion.”
Did you catch the latter part of the definition? The state of being forgotten.
Isn’t that what we begin to think when the clock keeps ticking. . . hours turn into days. . . days turn into months. . . and even months turn into years. . . and we’re still waiting for God to answer?
- When God is silent. . . we may think that He has forgotten us.
- When God is silent. . . we may want to give up.
- When God is silent. . . we may stop praying.
I have certainly struggled with this at times because I just want an answer, don’t you? So why does God remain silent? Well, there are endless reasons why God might be silent:
- His timing is perfect.
- His unlimited mind knows what our limited minds do not.
- He knows what is on the other side of His answer.
- He knows we’re not ready for His answer. . . again timing!
- He wants to develop our patience.
- He wants to develop our faith.
And this is just to name a few. The list probably goes on and on!
(God speaking): “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work. For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think,” (Isaiah 55:8-9, MSG).
So what then should we do when God is silent? Keep praying.
I know; easier said than done! Probably not the answer you wanted to hear. But this is God’s desire. His heart is that we come to Him and pray to Him persistently and often.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. —Luke 18:1 NIV
Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly] —1Thessalonians 5:17 AMP
O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You. —Psalm 88:1 NASB
Why are we ever persistent in anything we do in life? Because we have an expectation, right? We are expecting an answer, a result, an outcome.
So it should be with our prayers. We pray persistently because we expect an answer from God. But God’s desire is that we pray often and persistently not just to get Him to answer us, but to allow Him to use our persistent prayers for His purposes.
- God uses our persistent prayers to center our attention on Him.
- God uses our persistent prayers to deepen our relationship with Him.
- God uses our persistent prayers to develop our patience.
- God uses our persistent prayers to build our faith.
- God uses our persistent prayers to mold. . . even transform. . . our desires to change how we pray and even what we are praying for so we gradually come to pray closer to the heart of God’s will.
When we have prayed and prayed and prayed. . . and God is silent. . . we need to shift our perspective. Be determined to keep praying often and persistently, and as hard as it is, understand that God will answer—in His time. His purposes go way beyond the answers we are waiting for!