Lord Teach Us to Pray (Part 5)

Today in class we deal with the topic of when God says no. We have all had prayers that go unanswered and depending on the request our hearts and faith can be crushed. Years ago there was a little boy (2 years old) that was sick and we prayed for him as a church and as a youth group. We prayed for months that God would heal him. The boy passed away and we were all devastated. I was upset at God and couldn’t understand why the boy died. To this day I don’t know why. When God says no we all question why he did. The truth is there are times that we will never know. In the end God is still God and he still good even if we don’t understand why.

We looked at John 5:1-13. This is when Jesus walks into a room filled with sick people and heals one lame man and then disappears into the crowd. There may have been 10-100 people who were sick in that area who all had been praying and hoping that God would heal them. Jesus could have done this but he chooses to heal only one and there is no explanation of why. We all struggle with “WHY?” when our prayers go unanswered but most times we will never know the answer to this question. The main question for us is will we continue to believe in God when our prayers go unanswered? Will we quit praying or doubt that God could or will answer our prayers? OR – Will we believe that God is good, knows what is best, has a plan, and loves us?

This is a video done by New Springs Church and was used in a lesson on When Bad Things Happen to Good People.



4 responses to “Lord Teach Us to Pray (Part 5)”

  1. benjaminkerns says :

    thank you for consistently posting great material. i really enjoyed this post on prayer. besides the video, which is an awesome resource, i am so impressed that you would go after it in prayer with your students on something potentially dangerous and heartbreaking, and when it turned out to be that way, you had the opportunity to walk through that with them.

    by having the guts you actually are helping your students navigate real life and real heartache within a christian worldview. when i grow up i want to be a youth worker like you!

  2. Student Minister says :

    Ben thanks for the kind words. I always try to think about areas of faith that I have struggled and wished someone would have talked about it at church. Sometimes we may not have all the answers but we can validate the experience and emotions and help each other walk through life.

  3. Robbie Mackenzie says :

    Great stuff Rusty. Would you send me all the class material you did? I would love to teach it to my students as well. This was great as we have stories where prayer was answered in a way we did not want and I appreciate your candid response to the difficulties of accepting death.

  4. Burt says :

    I enjoy what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and coverage! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my personal blogroll.

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