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Q:

How do I know if God even listens to my prayers? I have a lot of problems, and I've asked God repeatedly to take them away, but nothing ever changes. Maybe God doesn't care.


A:

You may find it hard to believe right now, but God is even more concerned about you and your problems than you are. This is why the Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

It’s often been said that God answers our prayers in one of three ways: Yes, no, and wait. There is much truth in this, because God knows our needs far better than we do. Sometimes, for example, we want Him to do something for us, but our prayers are self-centered or thoughtless, and God says “No” because He knows our motives are wrong. Or sometimes God says, “Wait! Not yet!” — because He sees the whole picture, and He knows what’s best for us, both now and in the future. And sometimes, of course, God says “Yes.”

But I’ve discovered that God sometimes answers our prayers in a fourth way: By showing us how to solve the problem. In other words, sometimes we become the answer to our own prayers! We always want God to solve our problems instantly, but sometimes God wants us to deal with them on our own, as He gives us wisdom.

I don’t know what problems you’re facing right now, but God does and He wants to help you overcome them, because He loves you. Pray for wisdom… seek advice from people you trust… and then, little by little, do all you can to solve them. The Bible says, “I will go before you and will level the mountains” (Isaiah 45:2).

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16 Comments

  1. Adel says:

    My mom has liver problems and Dr found a spot on one of her lungs and she is a diabetic. She prays n prays for all this to go away. She’s always putting everybody first but now she needs help.

  2. Deborah says:

    I really feel God has closed His ears to my prayers

  3. Blanche Murges says:

    Our financial problems seem
    Insurmountable ( even our beloved home of 38 years is in jeopardy on top of that my husband has cancer and due to that I’m carry in the load with my God and tell him very little.
    I’m not sure what I’m going to do if my Lord doesn’t come through soon. I’m so very worried but still hold on to my faith. Oh Dear God where are you?

  4. Warren says:

    I feel that God has left and forgeting me please ask God to say me Yes I am with you No I am not or Wait I will tell you but in His own way please