You have probably started to either physically or mentally check off items on your prayer request list for 2019 that have not been answered as expected. This can easily sour your mood. You have also probably heard the phrase "no is also answer". In actuality then there is nothing like unanswered prayer.
The great Apostle Paul too had to deal with "unanswered prayers". Paul was experiencing some difficulties in his life and ministry in Corinth. He called it "a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan" which tormented him. So Paul did what he knew best; "Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away." 2 Corinthians 12:8.
God answered Paul but not in the way he wanted. In spite of his earnest pleas, consistent imploring for the removal of the thorn, God said no. God said no because He had something even better for Paul: His grace. "Each time he said, “My grace is all you need..." 2 Corinthians 12:9a.
God knew that removing the thorn would not help Paul as much as the provision of His divine help while the thorn remained. Answering in the way Paul wanted would have only created an arrogant, conceited Paul. That would have gotten in the way of God's work in and through Paul!
King David, the beloved of God also fasted and begged God to spare his first child conceived through his adultery with Bathsheba. God said no.
If some of your prayers have not been answered yet or have not been answered as expected, you are in great company. For both men God's answer, though not what they wanted, was good enough for them.
It takes a certain level of trust to be ok with an answer you do not want. There are a variety of reasons why our prayers may not be answered in the way we want. As long as you are a child of God trust that He has something better for you; believe that He knows what is best for you and when is the best time to answer you.
Do not get weighed down by unanswered prayers, trust His omniscience and His omnipotence.
Love, Lady Monica ❤