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The answer to unanswered prayers

I have had a specific prayer intention for quite a while now.  I have been praying hard.  I hope that this prayer may someday get answered.

But recently something happened fairly close to me that is a regular reminder that my prayer continues to go unanswered.  And it hurts.  There have been moments I have wondered if the prayer is even getting heard.  If HE knows how much I want this prayer answered. 

 While in prayer the past month, the word ENOUGH kept on coming up.  In conversations, it would come to the back of my mind.  Enough.  And I thought I knew what God was trying to tell me.  "Katie, be grateful for all the gifts I have given you.  You have enough."  Not meaning, He would not pour out more blessings upon me, but simply, He has given me all I needEnough.

But, yesterday, at mass, I felt like He was adding more.

I AM enough.

The answer to my unanswered prayer.  To all unanswered prayers.  To the whys.

I AM enough

It was in that moment that it came into focus.  I had wondered why so many around me seem to pray and get their prayers answered, while many others around me pray and do not get their prayers answered.  Why my prayer has not been answered.  But, really, it had been.

I AM enough.

What more could I, we, really need?

For life.

I AM enough.

In this day. In this moment.

I AM enough.

In the pain.

I AM enough.

The real answer to prayer is this . .

I AM enough.

The miraculous  healings would be a blessing.  The healthy child, a gift.  The new job, wonderful.  But when it feels like prayers are not getting answered, He is really answering them, with the best answer of all.

I AM enough.

HE, the Great I AM, truly is enough.

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but MY words shall not pass away."
Matt. 24:35

"I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Matt. 28:20


  1. Years and years ago I did a word study (take a concordance, look up all the scriptures on a particular word) on the word contentment. 1Tim 6:6 says "Godliness with contentment is great gain" ... and I wondered for a long time why it didn't say "Godliness is great gain" ... because, after all, if you become like God wouldn't that be great??!! I remember where I was when it hit me that our decision to be content with "just" that - with Godliness - is really the great gain...NOT the Godliness in and of itself. But when I decide to be content and let go of needing the rest of it - knowing that I have the blessing of being close to God - that I gain so much in my relationship with Him. As I was reading your post, I was transported back to that moment (almost 30 years ago!!) when I was struck in the same way you have been!

  2. praise God for His divine providence. may you continue to find peace in His "unanswered" prayers.
    pax Christi, lena

  3. What a great reminder. I can totally relate to the unanswered prayers...I have a hard time when God's answer is "No" or "Not now", but you are so right. For this moment, HE is enough.

  4. This is beautiful :) It really is a needed reminder for me as well. And I am adding my prayers to yours for your special intention(s).

  5. Thank you for sharing. I think we all need to hear this. beautiful and inspiring!

  6. So true Katie.....and it reminds me that all He really wants is us.


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