I have received a few questions lately from my online audience and people who are seeking answers-solutions to their problems. Here are some of the questions concerning prayer, persistent faith, not receiving answers from God and losing hope.
“I’m not sure I know how to pray. Why does God answer some prayers and not mine?”
“I don’t believe in God anymore. I have been disappointed too many times to believe anything.”
“Can you teach me how to pray so God can answer me?”
“I believe in God but I just don’t know what to think anymore. My problem is too much for me. My hope is gone.”
“Does God answer all your prayers?”
Okay, I will start with the last question.
Yes, God answers all my prayers. Every one of them.
However, He doesn’t always answer them the way I want Him to. There were times when I thought He didn’t answer me, but He did –it wasn’t what I wanted to hear! I have learned to understand that God has my best interests at heart. What I think is wonderful right now, He has already foreseen to be terrible later. God is All-knowing and All-Powerful. He does things His way.
Do you know that He already knew where you would be living now before you were formed in your mother’s womb? He already predestined your habitation, appointed times and boundaries of your land (Acts 17:26). He knew you would go through what you are dealing with now. He knew you would be in this situation.
So, back to the question – why would anyone think that God doesn’t answer him or her?
God answers in three ways:
- Not now.
You have an answer already.
Here is the guiding principle you need to help you understand prayer.
What did you ask Him to do for you? Is it bad for you? Then the answer is “No.” Is it taking too long? Then, the answer is “Not now.” Is it good for you and aligned with His will for you? Then, the answer is “Yes.”
When you look at those three answers properly, you can’t say God doesn’t answer your prayers.
It is wrong to say God doesn’t listen, to say the Almighty isn’t concerned. You say you can’t see him, but he will bring justice if you will only wait. – Job 35:13-14 NLT
I have since learned that the key to maintaining your sanity in a difficult time is persistent faith. That’s just it. Wait. God’s timing can take too long. Again, wait. In due time, it shall be revealed. Are you going to wait?
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