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David in saddness wrote:
"1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
2How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him"; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5 But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me."
A brief study of this Psalm brings up several observations. David is very depressed and feels as if God has turned away from him and that his foes are oppressing him. There is little indication of what time in his life that this Psalm was produced but David is alone and his heart is in conflict. Whatever the duration of this period was it was not just a few days. Some might conclude that David must have committed some great sins just prior to this, but this may not be true. A Godly person can, in fact, feel this way no matter how pure in heart. And it is not sinful to feel sad!!! Some will just presume the sad person is just very sinful. Sadness and depression can be caused by many things even diet so we cannot just presume one is a great sinner. One can see how this is for us today. It is an unlearned believer that thinks if one is a Christian they must be walking around with a smile and in constant joy. Most smiles are forced and just a mask...and by Christian believers too.
This also is about unanswered prayer. The simple truth is that most prayers are very often (apparently) unanswered! This is true no matter what faith and sincerity you have. Let us not pretend. Sinfulness is not always the reason, so we should look for other answers. A couple points need to be made: God's plans for a person can not be seen completely, and prayers might be answered in ways that are not seen. An answer to a prayer could even be overlooked. God can even place the answer in the future.
My own experience is that only about 1 percent of prayers are answered. Putting aside prayers of thankfulness akin to praise, and prayers asking for forgiveness, I have estimated that I have made about 2880 prayer requests in the last 20 years. 3 of these were answered in such a way to be very mystical and divine where God and the spirit were clearly doing it. Another 25 were answered but could be deemed as mere happenstance by some. These numbers are only about 1 percent. If prayer requests were put to science (testing) it would be a failure (see: 1 Thessalonians 5:21), however, it is hard to set up such a test. Instead of science, which is testing, we need to use logic and common sense (philosophy). We are commanded to pray and prayers of thanks and praise can often just make one feel better even if prayer requests seem to fall short.
Another thought: perhaps my own experience has prompted me to write this essay/blog and that is what God wants. I welcome the thoughts of others.