When we pray or have faith for something and it doesn’t happen there’s a tendency to think that the prayers were wasted or that the faith was wasted. And so we don’t even want to ever bother again.
In actuality God never wastes our faith. If you pray for something and that particular thing doesn’t happen, who’s to say God isn’t taking the faith and the prayers that you prayed about that situation and posting them to another account in your life that you’re going to see at a future time?
You may pray that God would sell your house and your house doesn’t sell. But maybe in seven years you get a deal on a house that is life-changing that you never could have imagined at the time. Or maybe you have been unable to have children and you’re praying desperately and faithfully that God will give you a child. In your mind you’re thinking that means that you’ll get pregnant. Nothing happens. But maybe three years later you have the opportunity to adopt and have the child you were praying for so faithfully. Now you can’t imagine your life without that child.
Who’s to say that God did not take the faith that you exerted toward one prayer that He chose not to answer, and apply your faith to answer another prayer that you didn’t even know to pray?
God is not wasting your faith. He has not wasted your prayers. He has something for you. It just might be something you didn’t know you were asking for at the time.