Billy Graham’s My Answer on Prayer

By   •   June 3, 2014

young woman praying

Q:

When you ask God for something and He doesn’t give you any answer, does His silence mean that He’s saying ‘No’? Or has He even heard our prayer?


A:

No, God’s apparent silence doesn’t mean He hasn’t heard our prayers. God knows all about us, and He hears every pray we utter. The Psalmist declared, “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in my distress, and he hears my voice” (Psalm 55:17).

Why, then, doesn’t God always answer our prayers the way we think He should? It’s been said that God actually answers our prayers in one of three ways: Either “Yes,” or “No,” or “Wait.” There’s much truth in this — because God knows far better than we do what’s best for us, and often what we think will be the best thing for us, really isn’t. In other words, we see only part of the picture, but God sees the whole, and He knows far better than we do what’s best for us and those we love. When God appears to be silent, He may instead be telling us, “No” or “Wait.”

But sometimes God answers our prayers in ways we didn’t expect — not by saying “Yes” or “No” or “Wait,” but saying instead, “I have something better for you.” Often in my own life I’ve looked back and realized that God didn’t answer my prayers the way I wanted Him to — but in a far better way. The Bible says God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

Make prayer part of your life every day — not just praying for yourself, but confessing your sins and praising Him for His greatness and love. God loves us — and the proof is Jesus Christ, who by His death and resurrection made our prayers possible.

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13 Comments

  1. PastorSkip says:

    True inspiration from a true man of faith.

  2. Jack Woltz says says:

    Praying to GOD, Is one of the first things we need to do, Those of us that are sincere, Using the proper words, OUR GOD WANTS TO HEAR FROM US, The HOLY SPIRIT WILL BE THERE TO HELP, In the words we use, PRAYER IS A VERY SERIOUS PART OF OUR LIFE WITH CHRIST, YES there are times we ask for the wrong things, OUR GOD IS A LOVING GOD, And sometimes I think , It makes HIM SMILE, FOR what we say and how we say it, DO NOT HAVE FEAR IN YOUR PRAYERS, OUR HEAVEN FATHER DOES NOT TURN ANY PRAYER AWAY, The best I can say is PRAY AND WAIT, Through out the whole BIBLE TELLS US WHO BELIEVE, ASK FOR WHAT WE NEED, THAT HE MAY GIVE IT TO US, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, GOD BLESS ALL.

  3. Frances Munson says:

    Thank you for the inspiration you give to me to keep going when the going gets so very tough.