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Why Isn't God Answering My Prayer?

November 25, 2019
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Why isn’t God answering my prayer?

What to do When God isn’t Answering Your Prayers? 

There are times when it feels like we are all alone. Does God really hear my prayers? If so, why isn’t God answering my prayers?

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. - Isaiah 65:24

This verse from Isaiah shows that yes, God hears our prayers. And, not only that, God answers prayers. In fact, He is hearing our prayers before we can even get all the words out. God is answering our prayers before we call.

Despite how we may feel, God is always with us and He is on our side. That doesn’t mean that life will be perfect, or that hard times won’t come. However, God will be with us, guiding and comforting us in difficult times.

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. - Psalm 91:15


Why Isn’t God Answering My Prayer?

God knows what's best for us! His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are better than our ways. Even when it looks like God isn't answering our prayer, He is able to work all things together for good for us.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

God answers our prayers in three main ways.

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1. God Answers Our Prayers By Saying "Yes"

He says “yes!” He does something for us.

It may be something huge and miraculous, or it may be something small. Either way, God cares about the big things and the little details of our lives.

2. God Answers Our Prayers By Saying “No”

He says “no”. We don't appreciate that as much! But sometimes “No” is what a good parent says.

If a four year old child asks for a motorcycle and their parent gives them one, is that a good parent? Is it good for a parent to give a child something that may be harmful or distract them from what is best for the child?

No! God is a good parent. He’s the perfect parent! He doesn’t say “no” to punish or restrict. He only does what is best for us.

3. God Answers Our Prayers By Saying "Not Yet"

He says “not yet.” A “yes” may come in the future, or maybe He needs to change our hearts, or maybe there are other circumstances that we don't understand.

In all these answers, trust is required. We have to believe that God loves us, cares for us and can see things that we can't. In all things, God works for the good for those who love Him.

Conclusion

If you’re wondering why God doesn’t answer your prayers, or if He even hears your prayers, remember this:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

In every situation, bring your requests to God. If you feel far from Him, go to God and get close to Him. Lean into Him and ask Him to show you more about Himself. He loves it when we talk with Him!

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We’ve all had prayers -- hopes, wants -- that have not “come true.” I mean, we know God isn’t a shooting star or a magic wand, but it still makes us wonder...

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