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Why doesn’t God seem to answer my prayers?


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. Normajean Davies says:

    I have just realised why my prayers have not been answered. It is because I haven’t listened to the answer. Prayer does work and I know that personally, but recently I have prayed and they have not been answered, so I thought, but I think that I have been waiting for the yes answer, but all along the answer has been no. I have just realised that my Father knows what is best for me, and I must trust in Him to do what He knows is best for me. Thank you for pointing it out to me. God bless you.

  2. says:

    Please pray for Oniel Petroski , a sweet boy

  3. ehis says:

    It’s good to praise the Lord.

  4. mercedes dinnella says:

    My talented child who loves Jesus worked and prayed for a special part school play. Made finals but same person gets lead every yr. She devastated. Feels God doesnt care. It meant so much to her. Angry at God. Wants quit play. Dont know what to do for her. She is so hurt.

  5. Robin says:

    Thank you. Still very alone. But peaceful. I have done everything I can think of and ask for God’s direction and wisdom. I can do no more but wait on Him. Sometimes this is very confusing and so difficult.

  6. Sonja says:

    Thank you

  7. Linda basquez says:

    Thank You

  8. mh says:

    God giving needs?
    Then why do people go without food?
    There was a person desperate for food. Prayed, prayed, prayed.
    What happened?
    No food.
    I do not think God meets needs.
    The sheer fact that people starve shows that God does not always provide food.
    How many people have died? How many people have begged God for help, and they end up murdered?

    1. Arie says:

      He has provided food. Enough food infact to feed everyone on the planet. It is people, who have free will who have decided to hoard it and be greedy so that not everyone can be fed.

  9. Susan E. Nuckles Williams says:

    Scott has not been well since December after the loss of his Mother. He has been in several hospitals. For three months he lived with me. He returned yesterday to hospital. He has continued to decline. Asking for healing prayers and strength for him and that the doctors can find an answer. Thank You

  10. Monico Mirabal says:

    We have been praying for 2 people and no change. Thanks this was very helpful.