Let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God
(1 Corinthians 7:24)
Sometimes we pray and we don't get an answer.
Sometimes we do all that we can to keep trying, keep moving forward, and keep trusting in God, and we fall anyways.
Sometimes we try to call upon the Spirit, we try to feel God near, and we just can't.
And sometimes we've repeated, "Everything happens for a reason" to ourselves so many times that it's simply impossible to believe it anymore.
Sometimes, folks, it really feels like God doesn't care. I can assure you that He does, but still, sometimes it doesn't feel like it.
Sometimes it is hard to feel close to Him, sometimes we can't feel Him reaching back when we stretch out our hand.
Despite all of this, please, please keep reaching out anyways.
Sometimes we have to wait upon the Lord for a long time before we get our answers.
But I promise you, everything the Lord does, every answer He waits to reveal, He does that for a reason.
It's important to show God that you are willing to stay by Him, you are willing to abide with Him even when times are hard, even when you are barely holding onto your faith and your trust, show Him that no matter what happens, you will abide with Him still.
It is important to make the Lord understand that you love Him and you want to build a relationship with Him, not just ask for blessings. When your prayers aren't answered right away, don't stop praying! If you give up and cease to pray and reach out, you are showing God that all you want is for your problems to be solved, you don't want to talk to Him and trust Him and love Him.
Does that make sense?
Sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers right away.
Sometimes He doesn't answer them in the way we wanted Him to.
It doesn't matter. He hears you, He does. And he will answer your prayers in His own time and in His own way.
Until then, show Him you are willing to love and trust Him regardless.
Abide with Him and keep your hand stretched out always.