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Q:

Why doesn’t God seem to answer my prayers?


A:

So often we are inclined to think that the only answer God can give our prayers is “yes.” We need to remember that “no” is an answer also. “No” is certainly an answer of love on the part of our Heavenly Father when we ask Him for things which are not really for our good or for His glory. God does not always give us what we want; He gives us what we need. Just as a good parent does not grant all the requests of his child, God does not answer every request in the way we desire.

When we think of “unanswered” prayer, it may be that we do not understand the way in which God responds to our requests. He may not grant an immediate answer, and sometimes our prayers are answered in a way that we fail to recognize. We pray for prosperity, and sometimes financial stress is given. But our souls are made stronger for the test. We pray for health, and affliction is given, and we are better able to sympathize with those in affliction. God makes no mistakes, though at times we may question His wisdom.

Our motive for making a request to God must be pure. If your prayer is self-centered, concerned with the gratification of your own desires, God cannot, in faithfulness, grant your requests. James 4:3 says, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Perhaps you are praying for a person close to you, and you have not seen any changes. God can work through your prayers to soften a heart or to bring about circumstances to draw those for whom you are praying closer to Him. However, God has given man a free will. If your prayers are not always answered as you expect, it is not because God is not working in the situation. It may be that the person for whom you are praying has not yet responded to God’s call. You must not permit yourself to give in to despair. You should, however, continue in prayer, knowing that the Lord is more concerned for them than you are and that it is His will to help them; read 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, and 1 John 5:14-15.

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  1. Douglas Kopcial says:

    I have been praying fervently for restoration of my hearing for a number of years and it just keeps getting worse almost to the point of deafness. I have followed the commandments of God during this time but my hearing continues to deteriorate. What can I do about this and where is my divine helper? Praise God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit!

    1. BGEA says:

      Douglas, losing hearing is no easy thing, and it can be frustrating for sure. Many people are in your shoes, wanting their hearing to be restored, but that may or may not happen. That’s not the response anyone wants to hear, but remember that we live in an imperfect world, and because of that, our health fails sometimes. We’re never promised that we won’t face problems. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t love you, hear you or care. Pray not only for healing but for contentment whatever His answer may be. Pray for patience and for understanding as you move forward.

      Also remember that we are often inclined to think that the only way God answers prayer is with a “yes.” But “no” and “wait” are also valid answers. God doesn’t always give us what we want; He gives us what we need. Just as a good parent does not grant all the requests of a child, God does not answer every request the way we desire. What we are asking might not be what’s best for us, or it might not be for God’s glory—for reasons we can’t understand.

      When we think of “unanswered” prayer, it might be that we don’t understand the way in which God responds to our requests. He might not grant an immediate answer, and sometimes our prayers are answered in a way that we fail to recognize. We pray for prosperity, and sometimes financial stress is given. But our souls are made stronger in the process. We pray for health, and affliction is given, and we are better able to sympathize with those in affliction. We might question God’s wisdom, but He makes no mistakes.

  2. Shirley Giarraputo says:

    I am in desperation for God to help my son. He is in great need of help and I am in great despair.

  3. Paul breedy says:

    I am a Christian and I have been struggling financially for years. I don’t even have a car. I have been praying to God to help me out of my situation and to get a car, but he hasn’t answered my prayers. I’m not perfect, no one is, so why doesn’t God help me?

  4. Adediran Olubusayo says:

    Thanks a lot for your write-up, may GOD empower you more. I and my husband have been through a lot of setbacks and this has made people take advantage of us and hurt us the more but I believe that GOD will put an end to this reproach and bless us richly with good wealth, good health, long life and happiness in all aspects of our lives in JESUS’ Name, Amen. I also appeal to people going through one challenge or the other to keep asking and I believe they will receive their heart’s desires in JESUS’ Name. Amen.