“Pray, and you will be given,” Jesus said (Matthew 7: 7 and Luke 11: 9). Yet not all my prayers are answered. Why not? Am I not praying well? Does God not hear me sometimes? Or may God not love me?
God loves us
First we must establish that God loves us. How do we know that? Because Christ for us, sinners, is dead (Romans 5: 8). God sent that One who was most precious to Him to the earth. For us, we who didn’t deserve it. This proves without a doubt that He really loves us.
Then why does He not answer all our prayers?
Let’s see what prayer God didn’t answer. Jesus would rather not die on the cross. He prayed, “Father, if you want it, take this cup (of suffering and death on the cross) from me …” And he added, “(…) but let not my will, but made yours.” ( Luke 22:42).
Although Jesus would rather not die on the cross, He did. Because it was God’s will that He die for our sins. Jesus’ prayer not to drink ‘the cup’ was not answered.
God’s will and unanswered prayers have to do with each other.
Some Christians believe that God gives three answers to prayer: yes, no, and wait.
But we still have trouble with God’s no. For example, why did my dear friend, with whom I shared the gospel, die of cancer? Cancer that had spread from the breast to the liver and lungs and finally to the brain, despite the fact that many people prayed seriously for her?
I have to accept that, through this trial, she was an inspiration and blessing to many people. The unanswered prayer for her healing had the effect of influencing many lives.
We always ask God to save us from adversity (difficult times and suffering), but if our prayers are not answered, we will experience that those difficult times make us stronger. As a result, we will also understand the suffering of the other.
“God comforts us in all our tribulation, so that we can comfort those who are in all kinds of tribulation, with the consolation with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1: 4)
For the better
Romans 8:28 says, ” And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” This scripture shows that God does everything in our lives together for good. However, we must realize that what we consider good is not always what God finds good for us!
And that is why we must trust God , whether He answers our prayers with yes or no, that this is the very best for us.