WHAT IF I PRAY AND THERE IS NO ANSWER?
1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests consulted with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin. And they bound Jesus and led him away and handed him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Answering, he said to him, “You say so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him constantly. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, resulting in Pilate being surprised.
surprised by silence
What Pilate expected was for Jesus to realise his predicament and launch into self-preservation mode, pleading that this trial was all a mistake, and asking for a favourable acquittal. What happened was that Jesus remained in control and silent. He had nothing to gain by defending himself. When you are the creator of the world, you do not need its approval. He simply pointed out to Pilate that he had (derogatorily) used the title “king of the Jews” of Jesus. Other than that, he kept silent, to Pilate’s surprise.
Often when we are in a difficult situation, we plead for Christ to intervene, demanding that he answer us. When we receive no apparent answer, we are surprised, and some even choose to disbelieve that Jesus is even there to answer us. But the only proof that anyone ever needs to have biblical faith is the resurrection. He does not need to answer us, and we do not need him to answer. Eventually he will. He does care for us, and wants to meet our needs. But the need he is primarily focused on is our need for eternal life. That need led him to stand silent before Pilate. That promise is what we can cling to when our prayers seem to go nowhere.
LORD, we know you are there. You were there for us at the cross. We trust you.