Serving and obeying God can be difficult and inconvenient. In the Old Testament, the Jews were exiled to Babylon as punishment for worshiping other gods. They were then being forced to bow down to a golden image of the king. Several Jews refused and were thrown into a furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego declared their God was able to rescue them from the fire, but even if he didn’t – they would not worship an image of any kind. While the fires raged, there was another in the fire with them. They were removed unharmed and did not even smell of smoke.
Questions for further thought:
1. How do you respond to unanswered prayers?
2. Are you able to remain a faithful follower when God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you want?
Unanswered prayers can give us time to keep praying, to seek God’s will, and consider what else God may want for us.
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