This question in my inbox always breaks my heart. “I don’t think God wants to answer my prayers. Why should I continue asking Him and praying anymore? It doesn’t seem to be of any use.”
And the thing is, I totally understand. I relate to this because I have been in this place myself. I have poured out prayers for weeks and weeks, only to be met with silence.
So what can you do when God doesn’t answer your prayers?
Pray For Your Friends
Oswald Chambers suggests, “If you are not getting the hundredfold more, not getting insight into God’s word, then start praying for your friends, enter into the ministry of the interior. ‘The Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends.'”
To be honest, I never made the connection before I read this from Oswald Chambers. Of course, I do not think that is the one way to get God to answer prayers. But still, I believe there is something very special in praying for our friends.
So often I find that when I need encouragement, I am cheered up when I encourage others.
Is God Saying No?
When you are praying for something, are you waiting for God to answer yes? Could it be that God has answered with a no?
These days, we have a hard time accepting “no” as an answer. Often we wait, and we keep on waiting until God says yes. However, no is just as valid an answer. But do we usually listen for the no? I think not. And when God might be saying no, we still keep on listening only for the yes.
So search your heart. Is it possible that God is saying no to your prayers? Are you only listening for the yes, therefore missing God’s answer?
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