Why Haven’t My Prayers Been Answered?

To those who pray, I”m sure this is a question that may not be stated verbally but has at least crossed the mind. Answered prayer does not always mean that God says yes and grants our request. “No”, “Not now, and  “It’s not the right time” are answers too. What parent in their right mind would give their child everything that they request? We know that many times children would ask for things that really won’t benefit them or are just downright stupid. In most cases, it is because they have not thought out the consequences involved in receiving their request or they just lack the foresight to see the bigger picture. A child may ask for an astronomical amount of candy, thinking only of how good it will taste and not of the terrible stomach ache  or worse that would probably follow shortly after consuming loads of sweets.

Our heavenly Father sees the big picture and knows that sometimes His children will ask for things that really won’t benefit them or may lead them away from Him.

James 4:3

 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

The ESV states it this way:

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passion.

On the other hand, we have these verses.

1Jn 5:14-15

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Another key to having our prayers answered is that we must ask according to His will. How can we know what the will of God is? We can know His will through His Word, but more on that later…………………. 


2 thoughts on “Why Haven’t My Prayers Been Answered?

  1. good post and always a good reminder in our prayers…

    Sometimes we treat the answers to prayer like the bag of popcorn in the microwave. We stand there and say “hurry up!”…

    But prayer is not a bag of popcorn and God is not a microwave.

    1. Hi Steve. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, God is not a microwave. We are so used to having things quickly and conveniently in our modern society that that attitude can spill into our spiritual life if we are not careful. The things of God are seldom easy and convenient, and there are some prayers that we pray that are just going to require some waiting time. I like the example of Cornelius that we can read in Acts 10. We can read that he prayed to God always and that his prayers came up as a memorial before God. We don’t know how long he prayed and exactly what he was praying for, but God did answer his prayer and sent Peter to preach to him. Although he was a devout man that prayed to God always and gave alms, I believe God was showing him that He had more for him. Cornelius became the first Gentile to be baptized in the name of Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Sweet deal!

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