By Peter Grieg.
Regular readers will probably have noticed that I usually post my book reviews midweek, Sunday articles being something with a Christian connection. God On Mute is by a Christian about prayer, which is why I am posting this review on a Sunday.
Peter Grieg is the founder of the 24/7 prayer movement and wrote God On Mute, after his wife Sammie had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
In his strikingly honest, personal look at Prayer, Pete takes a hard look at why God might not answer, or does not seem to answer prayer. God On Mute is written from his own personal experiences with his wife Sammi, who although underwent successful treatment for her brain tumour, still suffers terrible epilepsy after the treatment.
I used to think that God always answered prayer, but that we did not always see it or it was not answered as we would wish. This was what I put down my seemingly unanswered prayers to. Now I see that there might be occassions when prayer is unanswered.
Some reasons prayer might go unanswered become quite obvious when Pete points them out. For example, when two people’s prayers are in conflict with one-another. It can happen with the best of intent by both people. Pete also points out that some prayers are about trivial things, or that some we are capable of answering ourselves, we just need a nudge in the right direction to get off our backsides and do it. And of course some prayers might even be a bit selfish in nature.
It is remarkable that Pete never seems to have lost faith and hope, though so much of his and Sammi’s own prayer seems to have gone unanswered. He tells us in his own candid manner how he handled his difficulty when prayer was unanswered.
After reading God On Mute I too now think that some prayer might go unanswered. I still believe, however, that God never ignores a prayer. He listens and has a reason if He does not answer.
Mother Theresa was once asked about her prayer life.
Interviewer: “When you pray, what do you say to God?”
Mother Theresa: “I don’t talk, I simply listen.”
Interviewer: “Ah, then what is it that God says to you when
Mother Theresa: “He also doesn’t talk. He also simply listens.”
Long silence with Interviewer seeming confused.
Mother Theresa: “If you can’t understand the meaning of what I’ve
just said, I’m sorry but there’s no way I can explain it any better.”