There can be lots of reasons why God doesn’t answer prayers. Sin, selfishness, unforgiveness and many other things certainly can and do prevent God from answering our prayers at times, but that isn’t what we are going to focus on today. As God has patiently loved me through this ‘all in’ journey He has me on, I have learned that the number one reason He doesn’t answer prayers is because He wants me to live a life of complete freedom from fear or worry. He wants me – even in a world filled with evil – to walk through every day with Him like Adam and Eve did in the Garden…filled with peace, joy, and assurance that every need is met. He wants me to go through each day filled with boldness and absolute certainty that no matter how things look…all is well…freedom. And He wants that for you as well.
I’m going to keep this post short in the hopes that you’ll read it multiple times, pray through it, and share it with others. Allow me to share a few verses with you and then quickly conclude.
Peter said, “Look, we have left all [things—homes, families, businesses] and followed You.” And He said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.”– Luke 18:28-30 AMP
If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.- John 15:7-8 AMP
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:23-24
The scriptures are clear. When we are “sold out” and living our lives for God…when we believe Him, He has promised to meet every need. So why is it then that we have all asked for things that God has not given?
God will not give to us if what He gives is going to result in us being farther away from Him.
God is big! He is capable of anything. He does not want us to be afraid to ask Him for BIG THINGS, but we must be careful not to ask for what we don’t absolutely need right now. God is continually teaching us to be comfortable in need because it is when we are in need that we typically rely on and trust in Him the most. Often when He has answered prayers and provided for us, we find ourselves wanting more, not because we need it, but because we want to be more comfortable. God wants our comfort to be in Him…not in what we have or don’t have.
God is an amazing father. He wants us to ask Him for what we need and is truly excited and eager to answer our prayers, but my experience is not to ask for the whole puzzle all at once. I’ve learned to ask and trust Him for one piece at a time so that I can keep depending on Him. Remember, God will not give if what He gives is going to result in us being farther away from Him.