Why God does not answer our prayers

9-Reasons why God seems to hear but ignore prayers

Do you feel like giving up praying? Don’t; that’s what Satan wants you to do. Many times, God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers because nothing is happening. Well, God doesn’t move according to our timeline, but in His time.

Sometimes, the issue is patients or wrong motives. We put God in a box by telling Him how to answer our prayers, not pray for His will to be accomplished. God will not answer prayers that’s inconsistent with His will.

1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

God will not answer prayers that’s inconsistent with His will.

Prophet Daniel and Michael the Archangel

In the book of Daniel 10:12, the prophet Daniel became anxious because his prayer seemed unheard. An angel appeared and said,

Do not be afraid; the first day you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard.”

The angel was on his way to help Daniel but got caught in a battle (against demonic forces). Michael, a chief prince, and a mighty angel, came to help him. From the first day, God answered his prayers. (Read full commentary)

your words were heard

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Nine probable reasons why God seem to ignore prayers

The “Daniel” story may not apply to everyone, but surely, God hears our prayers. With a humble heart, ask God what we need to do in times of unanswered prayers.

  • You have unconfessed sin. (Isaiah 59:2)
  • You have the wrong motives. (James 4:3)
  • God is teaching patience. (Romans 8:25)
  • God’s teaching endurance and obedience. (Hebrews 10:36)
  • Selfish reasons and ambition. (Philippians 2:3)
  • Prayers that’s inconsistent with His will. (James 4:3)
  • You are praying to a “different Jesus.” (2 Corinthians 11:4)
  • You’ve missed His answer by not reading scriptures. (Joshua 1:8)
  • He is testing your faith. (James 1:3-4)

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Do not lose hope – If you are praying for something that seems to be taking too long for God to answer, ask Jesus for the “faith to trust and hope.” Remember the good things God has done in the past in your life. Delight in God’s commands, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

FURTHER READING:
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Powerful declarations in Jesus’ name.

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