He pulled away from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, "Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?" At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face. Luke 22:41-44 (The Message)
Just like everybody else out there, I think I know what I want. I think I know what would be best for myself and my family and friends. If I pray to God that relatives with medical issues would be healed or that friends with financial difficulties would have a sudden windfall, I know that He hears my prayers. But when my prayers are said with total sincerity and unselfishness, why doesn’t He answer? I am not asking for anything for myself; I’m asking for help for loved ones. Surely God will answer those prayers.
For anyone who thinks that God doesn’t answer our prayers, or even hear them, this is the line to remember. “Not my will, but thine will be done.” God knows what is best for every one of us. He didn’t bail out His own son in his time of need, because He knew what had to happen next. And God isn’t going to bail us or our family or our friends out every time. He’s going to bail us out when He knows it is the right time.
But no matter what we pray for, God will be there and He will hear us.