Q. Why doesn’t God answer my prayer? I’m so discouraged. I pray and pray and never receive an answer. Can you help?
God DOES answer prayer.
He promises to answer prayer for his Children, here are a couple of examples:
16* Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
7* ¶ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8* “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9* “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10* “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
11* “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
God promises to answer our prayer, and Heb. 10:23 tells us: “for He who promised is faithful.” This we know. God promises to answer our prayers and he is faithful to keep his promises.
Sometimes God gives us what we ask. Obviously, that’s what we want when we pray. We hope that he will answer according to OUR desire. But there are times when God’s answer is “NO.” We have several examples of this in the Scriptures, we will use one to illustrate the point.
2 Cor. 12:7-10
7* Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me–to keep me from exalting myself!
8* Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.
9* And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10* Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
As Jesus illustrates in Matthew chapter 7, God answers our prayer just as any wise and loving parent. God gives us what we need, NOT what we think we need.
Sometimes God gives what we ask, but delays in giving it. This is certainly illustrated in the Scriptures with God’s dealing with Israel.
The point is….God DOES answer the prayers of His Children.