Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
It all boils down to perspective. That’s a common theme when meditating over scripture.
Let’s say your non-Christian friend breaks up with their girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse despite your best efforts to pray on their behalf. To the mortal eye, it would appear that a prayer has gone unanswered. But lets say that friend, in their distress and loneliness, turns to the Lord. Their life is changed for the better and they end up marrying a godly person that enriches their life immeasurably. Turns out God answered that prayer better than we could have hoped, right?
So what was God’s motivation there? Was it to make that person happy? Was it to make you happy because you were praying for them? Perhaps that is a part of it, but I would venture to guess that the main reason was to call out to one of God’s children and bring them into the kingdom of Heaven. Why does God go through all the trouble? Why make it so complex? For his glory. Plain and simple.
Far too often our focus is too narrow. We forget God’s greater perspective. We ask “why?” when in fact we’ve been told time and time again. For his glory God helps us. For his glory God saved us. For his glory good and bad things happen and we can’t make heads nor tails of it.