Pastor’s Place: Why do I not get my prayers answered?

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Richard Wallace, Pastor of Temple Creek Baptist Church in Flower Mound.

I get this question so often, and I know it’s on the minds of many Christians who don’t ask me!

First, we do get many of our prayers answered! Some, before we voice them! He does more than we ask for or think about! In Satan’s tricks to defeat us, this one works! ‘God doesn’t answer my prayers! I’m not as good as other Christians’! That’s a LIE!

How often we pray and don’t seem to get the answer! Many give up on that request; some give up on prayer! That’s sad because it limits our blessing and victory and gives the devil a win!

James 4:2c-3 explains, …ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

We do not have because we do not ask: when we do ask, we ask with wrong motives or for our own purposes! Jesus tells us to ask in His Name and the answer will come so our joy will be full. (John 16:24)

Some of our requests will not bring us lasting joy, hence our Lord loves us too much to allow those. In (John 14:13) we’re told that our answered prayers are so God will be glorified; everything we ask for might not bring Him glory!

Are we careful to give Him the glory for our wonderful lives? Or do we take credit? 1 John 5:14 tells us to ask ‘according to His will’; we must leave the responses to Him and yield our will to His even though we don’t understand.

If we grow impatient with His timing, we can create many heartaches! His answer may be ‘No’ or ‘not yet’! We need to trust His love and that He always works in our best interests and of those we love. Keep praying!

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