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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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29 Comments

  1. Lucy says:

    I have been married to a lost man for 24 years. We went to church when we were dating but it was only about 6 years into the marriage I was truly saved. My husband stays out late at night, rides up and down the road drinking, endangering his life and others. I am supposed to bow down and welcome him when he decides to come home but I do not and will not. I have had just about all I can take. I have a full time job as well as going back to school. He is no help with our kids or around the house. I do not know what to do. I feel so alone and not even married at times. I am beginning to resent him and my love is dying daily. Please pray for me.

    1. Tracy says:

      I will pray for you. I am in a similar position, I will pray for peace and guidance through this lonely time.

  2. Lydia imbala says:

    We need to pray to God to give us wisdom so that may use it to deal with issues in life.