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.
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.
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………………….