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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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46 Comments

  1. Audrey says:

    I pray for wisdom and guidance in my situation with our business and what direction God wants to take us in the future financially. I pray He would reveal to my husband and I what His will is for our lives and we would be free of the feeling that we need to control our own future. Let His will be done not our own!

  2. Ashia says:

    I just want to pray for strength in my life, heart and faith! Amen.

  3. Danie Granda says:

    I have to agree with the fourth way in how God answers prayer. When I usually lose something very important that I need for school or work, God will show me (or help me) in a dream.

  4. Rickie Slider jr says:

    Thanks. This helped a lot.

  5. Robert lopez says:

    Pray for my girlfriend as she stopped using drugs and doing the things to purchase drugs. Get in her heart and watch over her.

  6. Dan says:

    Thank you!! I am carrying a burden on my heart that is way too heavy for me to carry. I have tried everything I know how to do and I pray daily about it. I just finished a chat session with Lauri. Her words were so helpful and caring, and her prayer for us was eloquent and beautiful. Thank you for offering this! Knowing that someone I’ve never met was willing to pray for us has brought tears to my eyes and made me extraordinarily grateful. God bless everyone who makes this possible.

  7. Ryan says:

    I’m a first generation funeral director and 7 1/2 years ago my wife and I took a leap of faith. We purchased a 3rd generation funeral home that was losing call volume. We hoped we could maintain its current volume and build from there. This has not been the case and over the past 2 years things have been scary financially and even more so recently. I ask for a special prayer that God will show himself to us and help our family through this difficult time.