There was a television news team that was taping at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall. Every day they saw the same elderly man praying, morning, noon, and night beside that famous structure. On their last day they got curious and asked him, "What is it you pray for so fervently?"
The old man thought for a moment and said, "I pray for health, for happiness, and for peace in my land."
"I see," said the reporter. "You don't look that healthy. Are you happy?"
"Not really," said the man.
"And your homeland is in turmoil. Do you really believe your prayers are heard?"
The man nodded and replied, "Sometimes it's like talking to a wall."
Mature Christians can acknowledge that sometimes prayer is like talking to a wall. Sometimes we pray with great pain and anguish. We want an answer. We want it now. But the answer we want does come at least no answer that satisfies us. We may ask, "Where is God? Does He care?"
Of course, God does hear us, and God does answer all of our prayers. God knows what is best for us, so we may not get the answer we want but the answer we need.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
- James 5:16 (New International Version)
Dear Lord Jesus and Heavenly Father, be with us in the pains of life, and thank you for going through them with us and giving us what we really need to get through each and every sitiuation. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.