We all go through some severely trying situations in life, and sometimes we may feel that God doesn’t care what is happening to us or that He is answering our prayers.
We have moments of despair and desperation that can test our faith. Many Christians will give glib or pat answers regarding prayer. They say things like, “God will provide” or “into every life some rain must fall, just pray.” But it’s neither fair nor wise to respond in that way.
No one knows what another person is suffering, but God does. Jesus answers prayers in amazing ways that you would never imagine. He gives us strength for the journey and sees us through the hardships.
We can pray for something we think we really want or need, and those prayers will be answered. We just may not like some of the answers we get. God shows that He cares about us and that He can take better care of us than we can.
We must learn to trust God to open the doors that He knows are best for us and close the doors that only lead to trouble. Trying to force open doors that we shouldn’t may find hardship on the other side.
When you don’t get the answers to your prayers that you expected or hoped for, perhaps God has another plan in mind for you. Perhaps it’s something that you aren’t aware of yet, something better than you could ever imagine.
Trust Him, and He will take good care of you. He knows what’s good for you and wants to help you to find it. Let His no be no, and His yes be yes. Just keep seeking God in the Bible and prayer and He will lead you through to the other side.
Maybe your prayers are being answered and you don’t even know it. Being a Christian does not mean that God is your personal genie who is going to grant your wishes. Ask God for the wisdom to follow His plans for you instead of what you imagined would be best. Being a Christian means believing God knows best, not you. When you follow His plan for you, that’s when life really falls into place.
God answers all our prayers
If a prayer request is not granted, we think that it is an unanswered prayer. That is a misunderstanding of prayer. God answers every prayer that is lifted to Him. Sometimes God answers “no” or “wait.” God only promises to grant our prayers when we ask according to His will.
What does it mean to pray according to God’s will? Praying according to God’s will is praying for things that honor and glorify God. If we pray for something that is not honoring God or not God’s will for our lives, God will not give what we ask for. How can we know what God’s will is?
You may find yourself failing to pray as often as you should or would like. Talking to God should be the most natural thing for a person of faith but often it is not easy to pray. Perhaps it would help to remember that the most important thing to do when it comes to prayer is to let God speak.
God gives to us; we don’t give to God. We ask; He gives. Jesus teaches us to pray and to freely ask our Father for the desires of our heart. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for anything, and don’t hold back any burdens from Him.
God hears and answers every prayer, but there are a few to which He always says yes. God will always say yes when we ask Him to do His work through His Word.
God always answers these prayers:
- Lord, please glorify Yourself through me.
- Forgive me, oh Lord.
- Reveal more of Yourself to me.
- God, grant me wisdom.
- Give me the strength to obey you.
- Help me spread your Gospel to the lost.
How do we know God will answer these prayers? Because these prayers sum up what God has promised to do through the Gospel. To become better at prayer, we need to become better at asking for help. We need to accept that we are all in need of God’s help and grace. We are mere mortals who need God every step of the way. We would all make a shipwreck of our own life and the lives of those around us if God was not there for us.
All we need to do is ask.