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Why God doesn’t seem to answer your prayers

A lot of people gave up praying to God because He doesn’t seem to answer, or at least the way they want Him to answer it. Many times we put God in a box and though we think we humbly pray, we are actually telling Him to do what we want. However, God only answers, according to His will and purpose – He is God after all. (1 John 5:14)

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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 delayed because he was in a battle (against demonic forces), and had difficulty until Michael, one of the chief princes and a powerful angel of God, came to help the angel who was on the way to minister to Daniel. From the first day that Daniel humbled himself and prayed to God, his prayers were immediately heard.(Read full commentary)

your words were heard

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Reasons you should consider

The “Daniel” story may not apply to everyone but surely, God hears our prayers. However, we should also examine if we’re praying for the right reasons. Ask yourself if you could be guilty of any of the following assumptions and motives.

1. Do I have an unconfessed sin that hinders my prayer? (Isaiah 59:2)

2. Is God telling me to wait and be patient? (Romans 8:25)

3. Does my motive in praying include a hint of selfishness or laziness? (Philippians 2:3 )

4. Does my prayer put God in a box by claiming something with wrong motives? (James 4:3)

5. Am I praying to a different Jesus? (2 Corinthians 11:4)

6. God speaks though the Bible often but you’re not reading it daily. (Joshua 1:8)

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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, God could be testing your faith. Believe and walk according to the ways of Jesus. Delight in God’s commands and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

FURTHER READING:
Biblical steps in overcoming depression.
How to pray like Jesus and get answers.
The root cause of depression

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

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