I believe the Lord answers every prayer.
It may come as a resounding "yes"; as clear as my friend just received who found the perfect house for their family of seven after renting for longer than they had hoped they would. Or the privilege of witnessing the Lord's answer to Emily and Moody's prayers. "Go and fetch the children I have always known would be yours in Ethiopia."
Sometimes the answer is "no". We prayed and prayed for two beautiful little babies recently who, instead of being healed in this life, were made perfect in Heaven in the presence of the Living God. We've heard "no" when we've seen addicted parents walk headstrong into their own sin instead of turning away from that which is killing them and destroying their families. And we heard "no" today as money that Mercy Street would have loved to use to expand the Ministry here in West Dallas went to fund something else instead.
Sometimes, we've heard "wait". "Wait" sounds like this; My perfect plan is best for you and my timing is unmatched. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life...
Our hope is that this is a "no" on funding from this source and a "wait" from another source. Thank you for all of your prayers over the last couple of weeks and we'd sure covet your prayers as we move forward in faith looking expectantly to the Lord.
My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its full measure.