A Question I've Wanted to Ask God

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The third most asked question from a survey was “Why hasn’t God answered my prayers?” Job asked the same question many years ago. He said, “I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer. I stand up but you merely look at me” Job 30:20 (NIV). The Good News Translation says it this way, “I call to you, O God, but you never answer; and when I pray, you pay no attention.”

Have you ever felt like Job? You pray to God, but seemingly there’s no answer? Some people, unfortunately, think of prayer as an Aladdin’s lamp. Prayer is what rubs the lamp to cause God to pop out like a genie. Other people think prayer is a First Aid Kit to be used in case of an emergency. The fact is God wants to answer your prayer. In Jeremiah 33:3, God says, “Call to Me and I will answer you!” Jesus said in John 14:14, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”  The Bible tells us to pray anytime, about anything, anywhere.

So, what’s the problem? Is it false advertising? Is God teasing us? He says to ask anything, yet we don’t get everything for which we ask. What is the problem? God answers prayers three ways, Sometimes He says, “Yes.” Sometimes He says, “Wait.” Sometimes God says, “No.” The fact is God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. The Bible is full of examples where God said no to people. Abraham said, “Make Ishmael the son of the promise.” God said no. David prayed, “Save the life of my son with Bathsheba.” God said no. Jonah said, “ I want to take a Mediterranean cruise.” God said no.

Why does God say no? God says no when He has a bigger perspective, a better plan, or a greater purpose. Remember the words of Isaiah when God tells you no, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways declared the Lord, My ways are higher than your ways” (Isaiah 55:8-8). The Living Bible says, “This plan of mine is not the way you would work it out.” If God has said no to your plan, it could be that He has a better one. Trust Him to do it His way, in His time.