Undoubtedly, you have had at least one of your prayers not answered by the Lord, or delayed answer. Or your prayer was answered, but not in the way or in the time you requested.
Why do some of our prayers go unanswered?
Why do our prayers for the safety or health of our children go unanswered?
Why do our prayers for the salvation of family and friends go unanswered?
Why do our prayers for relationships to be restored go unanswered?
Why do our prayers for people to be set free from additions go unanswered?
Some people will tell us that our prayers do not get answered because we do not have enough faith.
Others are convinced we have unconfessed sin in our lives that are causing our prayers to go unanswered.
And then some people are convinced their prayers are not answered because they are not praying hard enough – whatever this means.
Let’s take a look at the Bible to discover why some of our prayers are not answered.
Some of our prayers may go unanswered so that we can become the tool the Lord uses to effectively minister to others.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-6
Think about it. If our prayers were answered every time we prayed immediately, we would never be able to experience the comfort of God in our difficult times!
If our prayers were answered immediately we wouldn’t have difficult times! In God’s wisdom, He allows us to go through difficult times, so that after we have received comfort from Him in all our troubles, we can become a people who comfort others in any of their troubles!
Some of our prayers may go unanswered to help us realize our dependence upon Him.
We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Paul was under such great pressure that he was ready to check out of this life. Some of us have faced or are facing some very challenging times. We need to realize that God has a plan and a purpose for bringing such times into our lives.
God may allow our prayers to go unanswered to help us realize our dependence upon Him. Let’s be honest, many of our prayers are focused on getting us, or the people we are praying for, out of difficult times.
It may be in the difficult time that we come to realize that we cannot rely on ourselves, but we must rely on God.
Seriously, I wish there were another way to learn how to be reliant upon God but given our bent for independence and doing things our way, the Lord may allow our prayers to go unanswered to help us realize our dependence upon Him.