Why Are We Disappointed If God Doesn’t Answer Our Prayers? Like many believers in the living God, we sometimes believe that God does not answer our prayers, and we feel that he let us down.
But let us look at what the Bible says about unanswered prayers and why God always answer our prayers, sometimes not in the way we want or need. God has the complete picture of all our lives, and therefore, we may pray for something that, if we receive it, will cause us more harm than good, and God will not let that happen, so he refrains from granting us our wishes.
Biblical reasons for unanswered prayers.
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you, that he will not hear.
John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man is a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him, he heareth.
Jeremiah 14:10 Thus saith the Lord unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet; therefore the Lord doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
Proverbs 1:24-25 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. But ye have set at nought all my counsel and would none of my reproof.
Reviewing what we just learned from the scripture, it is understandable that sometimes God does not answer our prayers because we refuse to serve in truth, respect the instructions that He gave us to live by and then decide that whatever we ask from Him, he must deliver.
We are so intrigued by the Devil that we adopted his vanity, lust, envy, malice, and greed and believe that God will oblige us when we ask Him to fulfil these wants.
God have no problems will helping us with anything that can enhance the quality of our lives but, he will not give us anything that we will use against our fellowmen or in a boastful way. So be aware of why you are praying for God’s help and what you need that help to accomplish.
Let us turn once more to the scripture to learn why we sometimes do not receive the help we want from God. Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away from his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.
Zechariah 7:11-13 But they refused to listen, and pulled away from the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts.
Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they called, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts.
Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Job 35:12-13 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
How many of us have prayed for someone or something, only to see our prayers go unanswered? How many prayed and perhaps given up because either we have become discouraged through weakness of faith or have concluded that whatever we have been praying for isn’t God’s will? Nevertheless, how we deal with unanswered prayer is not just for our benefit but also the use of others. When we pray, we engage in the most precious and God-given act of communication with the One to whom we are accountable in all our affairs.