I called upon him, but he gave me no answer
The Lord, when He has given great faith, has been known to try it by long delay-ing. He has suffered His servants’ voices to echo in their ears; they have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained unmovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “You have covered yourself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” Thus have true saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not fervent, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased Him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to His own wisdom. If it pleases Him to allow our patience exercise itself.
Be assured that no prayer is lost. Praying breath was never spent in vain, unanswered or unnoticed by God, and some things that we count refusals or denials are simply delays. We must not allow Satan to shake our confidence in the God of truth by pointing to our unanswered prayers.
Unanswered petitions are not unheard. There is a registry in the court of heaven where every prayer is recorded. The Lord has a bottle in which the costly tears of sacred grief are stored and a book in which your holy groanings are numbered. (Psalm:56:8). Your Lord's time will be better than your own. He will answer you to make you put away the sackcloth and ashes of long waiting. He will clothe you with the scarlet and fine linen of your heart's desire.
- Writing of Charles H. Spurgeon