Prayers not answered

A couple of weeks ago, Melinda H. told me some issues she had with non-answered prayers. Sometimes, she felt forsaken by God. I’m sending you my answer with more thoughts I had. I hope it helps!

Hi Mindy,

You said that you cannot get God’s answers to your prayers unless you insist at him. So, my advice is simple, just insist. There’s nothing bad about doing so.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

God is your heavenly Father, and He never forsakes you. Although sometimes, you can be tempted to think it. The Bible has clear words about it:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Let me share with you some things I read somewhere. When we pray, the Lord always answers us, but there may be 3 responses:

1. He says: “Yes!” and gives us what we asked for.

2. He says: “Not now.” Here it’s just a matter of time. We have to wait. Usually, when we receive no answer, it just means: “Not now.”

3. And the last one is: “I have a better idea for you.” It means that we’ve asked for something which was not the best for us, and the Lord, with his endless love, will bestow us a different thing of what we asked for, and we need to play close attention to what it may be.

In any case, as you do, we have to insist, knocking and knocking on the door. We cannot fail if we insist the Lord to help us. As James wrote, inspired by the Holy Spirit:

“You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2) 

So keep on praying, Mindy!

Grace and peace, my sister.