Have you ever prayed for something for a long time without any visible evidence of God granting your greatest desires? Have you ever prayed for a very long time for someone to be healed or another trial to pass without any visual answer to prayer? Will you continue to serve the Lord in spite of this?
In the book of Daniel in the Old Testament the wicked kings made a law that everyone had to fall down in worship to a huge golden image he had made. If the people did not do so, they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. Three godly young men refused to follow the king's command. They said to the king, "The God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
The three men in the Biblical story above were rescued in a miraculous way. Read this exciting story of rescue in the Old Testament book of Daniel chapter three. Yet these men would have been willing to die in the fiery furnace and suffer the consequences of obedience to God even if God did not rescue them from that happening.
Sometimes God answers our prayers as well as these three men in wonderful ways. Sometimes he makes us wait or says "no" to our prayers as well. There are times when God wants to walk with us through deep trials, so that we learn deep dependence on Him. He desires that we cling to Him and remain faithful to Him even in those moments. He wants us to do that even if our prayers are not answered the way we would like them to be answered. Will we trust Him even when our loved one is not healed, even if life does not get easier, or even if another trial does not go away? Will we trust Him with our "even ifs"?