One of the concepts Batterson explores is called Living Unoffended. Below is an excerpt:
"Have you had moments when you have been
tempted to throw in the prayer towel?
Have you ever felt like God was doing miracles for everyone and their
brother, but you seem to be the odd man out? What do you do when it seems like God
is keeping His promises to everyone but you?
Try to live our lives unoffended by God. Jesus promises that we will
be blessed if we aren’t offended. Luke 7:23 says, Blessed
is he who does not take offense at Me.
When we are waiting for God to answer our
prayer it is a period of ellipse.
That’s where most of us live most of the time---in the triple-dot punctuation
known as the ellipsis. The ellipsis indicates a pause in speech or
an unfinished thought. When we’re
waiting for God to answer a prayer, it’s a period of ellipsis.
In those times, you can give up… or hang
on. You can let go or pray
through. You can get frustrated
with God or choose to live unoffended.
"Living an unoffended life is not
some Zen-like experience. It is
living a life surrendered to His sovereignty, His mystery and His love. Jesus
promises blessing if we are not offended when He does things for others. And if He does them for them, He might
do it for us. I don’t know why God does what he does. I do know that
100 percent of the prayers I don’t pray won’t get answered.” "
I guess the bottom line is we let God be
God. I am just encouraged that I
am not the only one who has ever wrestled with getting discouraged when I see
other's prayers answered and not mine.
I sure needed to be reminded that He is in control and He knows what He
is doing. He knows better than I know, what I need and when I need it.
I surrender… AGAIN!