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God Ignores My Prayers

There are several verses in the Bible that say if I pray, and have faith and believe that anything is possible with God and God will grant my prayer. So fine, I pray, but I guess I don't have enough faith?

Moderator - You are missing a part of the verse which is "in His will". God isn't our magic genie.

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Sue-- God is not "ignoring" your prayers, just because He hasn't answered the way you expected. Sometimes God responds quickly. But His answer to many prayers is "not yet". His answer at other times is, "I've got something better in mind for you".

Relax. HE is working out what is BEST for you! And if you wait for it to come to pass, you'll be happy with his plan for you. At times we can ask, much like children, for something that SOUNDS good, but may instead actually hurt us. We don't recognize this, but God does. Among the fruit of the spirit is PATIENCE. Now is the time to develop this trait.
---Donna66 on 10/12/09

Something is going wrong and you need to find out what it is. We must pray in God's will! His will must be done and not ours. This is a hard lesson for a lot of us to grasp. People want things done their way and in their own time. But it does not work like that! God moves by His Spirit not YOURS! or MINE! He knows what best for us. We sometimes pray prayers that are utterly ridiculous. This is why Jesus intercedes for us before they go to the Father.We pray selfishly for things we don't need, prayers to hurt others and so forth. God does not grant these type prayers.I dont believe. He only does what is good and right and according to His will.
---Robyn on 10/10/09

When Jesus prayed that He had made up in His own mind to do what God said. God didn't & couldn't make Him. He even said that His spirit was willing, but His flesh was weak.

The bible does say that you will get the answer you want.(Mark 11:24, John 16:23)

Also, the will of God is the word of God.(1John 5:14-15)
Therefore, if you can find it in the bible God is held accountable to what He has promised.
True, God isn't a magician....but He is in covenant with us & is bound to His word.
---Rickey on 6/17/09

Rickey ... I did not say that maybe God had needed my wife to go to heaven. Nor did I say that God had put the illness on her.

The Bible does NOT say that God will answer all prayers, giving the answer yuo want.

What happens if two Christians pray in full faith for contrary things?

Why did Jesus Himself say "But ... Your will not mine"?
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/17/09

God will answer all prayers. Be patient. Do not jump to conclusions, or you will lose sight in where you are originally going. Have faith. And if you lose faith in God, have faith in yourself to answer your prayers for you.
---Katherine on 6/10/09

Alan,I am sorry that your wife died, but no where in the bible does it state that God needs any person in heaven.
I'm sure many have & do say, "God needed the her/him in heaven more than He did on earth"...or "That sickness was put on them so that God could take them to heaven"...
Neither of those statements are biblical.
God doesn't put sickness on a person & He doesn't need a person to die to go to heaven.
Take Enoch for example.

When folks state things like that always see if it lines up with the bible. John 10:10 is a prime example, satan is the killer not God.

God has promised healing to us(Psalm 103:3, Isaiah 53:3-5, Matthew 8:17, Mark 11:22-23, 1Peter 2:24)
---Rickey on 6/10/09

Rickey ... Those other scriptures refer to God's covenant with us.

They do not refer to any promise to answer any prayer as we want.

Did my wife die because we did not have enough faith, or because He wanted her home.
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/8/09

Alan all of those scriptures are relevant.
The word of God, the bible, is the will of God. He exalts His word above His name.(Psalm 138:2, Jeremiah 1:12, Isaiah 55:11)

God has bound Himself to His own word.(Hebrews 6:13, Isaiah 55:11, Jeremiah 1:12)

One thing that I have found that many christians do is base their prayers & what they believe on experiences and not the word of God. That is a stumbling block to many. Do you agree?
---Rickey on 6/8/09

First of all, you must have made a public profession of faith in the work of Jesus on the Cross. Then you must go through believer's baptism with the Holy Spirit coming to live in you. Only then are you able to come to the Father. Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father except by Me." Secondly, you must pray in the will of God. If you are asking for material things, God knows what you need. Even if you are praying for healing, God may take His own time for this. I have experienced His healing by the hands of doctors and medicines. Third, you must pray in faith and trust.
---Digimom on 6/8/09

"So fine, I pray, but I guess I don't have enough faith?"
Sue It is not a matter of faith, but rather 'patience'-enduring constancy-. Our answer to supplications, according to his will, and His will is His word, may not come when we want it, but it will be right on time.
Jesus said "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you." "But ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man [who wavers] think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. [For] A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways." Be steadfast, unwavering and patient.
John 15:7>Jam 1:6,7,8
---josef on 6/7/09

Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Mar 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Php 3:8 -- for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
---TheSeg on 6/5/09

Rickey ... The only one of those scriptures that could be directly relevant to this is 1 John 5, 14 & 15

And when you read that, you should read verse 14 closely. There some words there that support my point.
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/4/09

The moderator is correct.But you see i hear the ? asked so many times, i dont know the will of God.Well if I may God has shown us through his word how to know his will {romans .12:1-2 I beseech you therefore brethren , by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,holy, acceptable unto God , which is your reasonable service 2 and be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable ,and perfect will of God.Is it the will of the believer to be healed, I say yes it is. Go to the book of James,and this is one example pertaining to the will of God to the believer.
---laverne on 6/4/09

In order to have God answer prayers there is another pricipal to follow. You must be THANKFUL (Colossians 3:17). If you are not thankful, God cannot answer you or bless you.
---Leslie on 6/4/09

Alan, I partially agree with what you stated.
I agree that we have to line up with God, but a prayer that like, "Father IF it be Your will heal me..."
Isn't lined-up with the will/word of God.

God has made a covenant with us & has bound Himself to His word. (Hebrews 6:17-18, Jeremiah 1:12, Numbers 23:19, 1John 5:14-15)
---Rickey on 6/4/09

have faith that he will answer your prayers! Leave everything up to god and have faith that every thing will be ok if you leave it up to god!!
---louise on 6/4/09

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Hi there, often a no answer is the best answer that we can get. God sees the whole picture, we see only from our own perspective. I have learned that when I have thought God has not answered my request many times it has been better for me not to get what I thought I needed! Love in Christ.
---Rosemary on 6/4/09

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Php 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

In whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Close you eyes, find the peace within.
---TheSeg on 6/4/09

Sue: You sound like me when I was young. I once heard a preacher say that God answers ALL prayer. His answer could be "Yes," "No," or "Wait." So, what you are perceiving as not answering might be a "No" or a "Wait." God is not some

The purpose of prayer is to communicate with God, not just give Him our wish lists. I have learned that my prayers to be strengthened so that I can obey are always answered, while my prayers to give me things are rarely answered.

I have learned that I MUST thank Him more than I ask for things.

I suggest you make a gratitude list and start just thanking and praising Him. Forget your prayer requests for a while and give Him some thanks.
---Trish9863 on 6/3/09

Rickey ... Even Jesus when praying to His Father, said, "Nevetheless, not my will, but Yours"

I remember once camping with my wife's Guides, the visiting pastor said if we prayed in real faith for the continuation of the sunny weather, we would get it.

What about the farmers who were praying in equally real faith for the end of the long destructive drought?

My prayer was that if God chose to send rain, the girls would still enjoy themselves, and learn from camping in the rain. And they did
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/3/09

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Some don't get prayers answered because they say, " Father will You do...."

God already said yes in His word, but many don't know what the Bible says. (Hosea 4:6)

Many reject the word of God, so God has to reject them. (Hosea 4:6)

Some think they are "sinners", & aren't confident about what they prayed for. (Hebrews 4:16, 2Corinthians 5:21)

Many don't know that the "will of God" is the word of God. (1John 5:14-15, Jeremiah 1:12, Psalm 138:2)

--So they keep asking God, "is it Your will for me to have my needs met?"...not knowing that it is.(Philippians 4:19)

--Faith isn't just know of, but being fully persuaded (Jeremiah 33:14, Romans 4:21)
---Rickey on 6/3/09

If you have sin in your life, He will not answer you if you have gone too far in sin. You need the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you and search you out for hidden sin.
---Betty on 6/3/09

Sue, He DID answer your prayer. It just wasn't the answer you wanted.

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19. He never said he would give you everything you wanted (regardless of what the "prosperity theologists " will tell you), but He will give you what you need.
---NurseRobert on 6/3/09

When Amy Carmichael (a missionary to India) was a little girl, she once said a prayer to God for her eyes to be blue instead of brown. When she looked in the mirror the next morning and saw her eyes being brown still, she said, "God said "no." "Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass..." Psalm 37:4-5
---Elena on 6/3/09

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Sister, We ask & receive not because we've asked amiss, that we may consume it upon our lusts :James 4:3.

Don't think yourself as less & with not enough faith, for God's Grace is sufficient(2Cor.12:8-10). Think soberly according as God has dealt everyone the measure of faith(Rom.12:3).

What needs to be increased is your Spiritual Walk. An inward journey of your growing relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit, which will manifest outwardly His Spiritual Fruits(Eph.5:8-13).

It's our confidence to Trust & be weak before Christ which has great recompence of reward(Heb.10:34-36), Strengthening our Faith(Phil.4:13, Heb.11:11) & opening our eyes to see the Glory of the Lord all around us(2Kings6:15-17).
---Shawn_M.T. on 6/3/09

God put "stumbling blocks" in scripture for the insincere/iniquitous (the "strong delusion" has been in effect all throughout history).

Ezekiel 14:8
"I will set my face against that man".

God's ways/sense of justice and righteousness never changes...

James 4:6
"God OPPOSES the proud" (and WHO gets what He graciously gives?).

OUR "spirit" must not be one of PRIDE, it must be compatible with GOD'S.

Romans 8:16
"bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God".

It's because of PRIDE that Christians imagine themselves to be Israelites/Hebrews/Jews (but we are CHRISTIANS....CHRIST is our foundation, not the Father only).
---more_excellent_way on 6/3/09

Leslie is correct. Follow her advice.

Ps 66:18
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Jn 9:31
Now we know that God heareth not sinners:
but if any man be a worshipper of God,
and doeth his will, him he heareth.

1Jn 3:22
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him,
because we keep his commandments,
and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1Jn 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that,
if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

1Jn 5:15
And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
---SuzieH on 6/3/09

The Bible says that God WILL answer our prayers when we do the following: (1)have faith (Matthew 17:20-21), (2)forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15), (3)seek God and His kingdom first (Matthew 6:33-34), (4)be obedient (John 14:15), (5)repent (confess and turn from) sins (Luke 13:3,5),and (6)live holy (without spot) (1 Peter 1:15-16). These will assure ALL your prayer will be answered.
---Leslie on 6/2/09

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The main purpose of prayer is to get in tune with God's will and move with it.
---Cluny on 6/2/09

1st God is NOT Santa Clause, we should not treat Him as such. The Bible says to seek FIRST God and His Kingdom, and ALL else will be added - We MUST seek God FIRST (His face, NOT His hand). 2nd Unforgiveness can also be why your prayers are not being answered. Yes, faith is key, but forgiveness is also key - God said that He will not forgive or answer prayers if we will not forgive others.
---Leslie on 6/2/09


Sometimes, God chooses to answer our prayers and sometimes he doesn't. Just "why" may or may not be obvious. It all comes down to what God "wills" for us. We just need to accept that God is God and he has a good reason for everything. Even "unanswered" prayers.
---Augie on 6/2/09

Mod "God isn't our magic genie"

Wouldn't it be great if He was?

There are many who say God will give us what we want if we really beleive He will give it. A dangerous creed that must lead to untold anguish.

---alan8566_of_uk on 6/2/09

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