Why does God, sometimes, not answer my prayers?

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By BibleAsk Team


Prayers

Some wonder: why God, sometimes, does not answer our prayers even though we are faithful and believe in Him. We see examples of this in the Bible. The story of Job can be of comfort. Job was an upright man. And the Lord blessed him. But Satan claimed that Job was righteous just because of divine blessings. Satan challenged God saying if the Lord withdrew His blessings from Job, the saint would stop being faithful.

So, the Lord allowed the devil to test Job to prove the devil wrong. Satan sent great calamities on Job and made him lose all of his possessions, children, and finally his health. But in all these matters Job did not give up his faith in God. And he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). Job passed the test. And the Lord blessed him greatly for his faithfulness (Job 42:12-17).

Another story of inspiration for this matter is that of Joseph (Genesis chapters 37- 47). Joseph was good and upright and resisted temptations, but instead of being rewarded for his goodness, he was sold as a slave by his brothers and later was thrown into prison. For many long years while in prison, he wondered why the Lord had forsaken him when he was faithful. He must have prayed long and hard and wondered why the Lord wasn’t answering him. But in time, we know how the Lord used this experience to make Joseph one of the most powerful men in all the earth.

The truth is that in these stories the Lord never left His children (Hebrews 13:5). In fact, it was His loving hand that was working behind the scenes to bring a greater good for His children’s benefit (Romans 8:28). The Lord was orchestrating events to bless them in a mighty and supernatural way (Exodus 19:4). But they had to pass the test of faith. In spite of their suffering, they remained faithful to the heavenly Father.

The Lord Always Answers

God always answers the prayers of His faithful children. But the answer may be: yes, no, or wait. Maybe the Lord is asking you to wait for His good timing. But be assured that no trial will test you beyond your ability to bear it. For “He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

So, be patient and believe that the heavenly Father listens to your prayers and will do that which is best for you at His best time. “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9). Some, who sow good seeds in this life, to them it seemed wasted, but the heavenly Father assures the faithful of their final rewards (Matthew 16:27; Revelation 22:12).

The Lord has given us so many promises that He will be with us in hardships. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. . . Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4,12).

Also, remember that sin separates us from the Lord (Isaiah 59:2). So, let us not harbor sin or doubt in our lives. Let us stay connected to Him through daily study of His Word and prayer (John 15:4) that we may have the channel to receive his blessings open.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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