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No Answer To My Prayer

How to you know after prayerful questions if the answer is there or is the lack of answer is a test of faith?

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 ---lisa on 6/26/10
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You all have basically restated my lyrics in your explainations. That was the whole inspiration of the song. It is not that your prayers are not answered, but that they are answered. It was for those who had felt ignored or dismissed. It just may not be the answer you are looking for. However, God will see you through all outcomes. The answer may not always be no. Things are in his timing and not yours.
---Lisa on 11/25/10

sometimes it's just a matter of opening your eyes and your mind. ask Him to show you the answers He is giving. I went for many years asking the same sort of prayer, all along He had been showing me and giving me opportunities but I didn't see them. then one day i asked Him to show me how much He really loves me and make sure I know. From that point i started realizing amazing stuff He had tried to get me to do, etc. in hindsight. So He had been answering all along but i didn't grasp it. well, i am more mature now and better able to understand....and i pray more, and ask Him for more, and to show me and make sure i know.
---2bperfected on 8/26/10

We should remember, everything that God does is for a lot of reasons. It's either because of His grace, or His judgment, or His mood. God does exactly what He wants to do. He has to answer to no one. He lives, and He is a just God, full of grace toward His people. He is not laughing at sinners. He is not pleased with sinners. God will answer your prayers only the ones He deems fit to answer. When He does you will know. Because, God knows you, and you know God. That's it.
---catherine on 8/25/10

I have been going through this one for years. I think if you have asked for a conformatoin from him, according to his word and did not get a no, so to say, then I would keep beliving in faith untill it comes to pass, or he shows you no..Its hard I know..but be still and know he is God. He has perfect timeing for everything.:)
---Jennifer on 8/12/10

God always answers pray. The problem is, we may not like His answer or worse yet, try to answer the prayer ourselves if we don't like His answer. His three major methods of answering prayer are: "Yes", "Wait", & "No" Don't know how many times I requested something and God said, "No", and viewing things in hind-sight, I'm sure glad. Remember, He sees the big picture, and we don't. I've been a Christian over 50 years, and not once have I felt God made a mistake in His answer my prayers. (I was also a missionary for 32 years, so I have quite a bit of experience in praying.)
---wivv on 7/19/10

Or, if nothing else seems to work and The Almighty seems content with silence, you can roll the dice as the apostles did and leave the outcome of the roll to The Lord. Let The Almighty know beforehand what the stakes are and if it comes out "odds", you will consider taking "Road A" or if it comes up "evens", you will consider taking "Road B". If the apostles can do it, why shouldn't we?

Sometimes, one of the worst things we can do is sit around for years and wait. Sometimes the answer to a prayer will never be answered when you are sitting by your spiritual mailbox. Sometimes you just have to get up, put on the full armourment of God and head out the door. Let The Almighty guide your steps.
---Higgins on 6/30/10

In my 27 year walk with the Lord, I have come to realize a few things (yes, just a few).
1) When I pray and ask God questions or for things I think I need, if there is silence, then I take it as, "not now" or "no, this isn't what's best for you, I have something better planned for you."

2) Often times we find our answer in the Word, so knowing God knows that, He wants us to search for Him with all of our heart in His Word (where God often illuminates a scripture to me and it speaks volumes to me).

3) Sometimes we're asking for something we shouldn't have because it's not of His will...then drop it and ask Him "can you just tell me why it's not good for me to have this?"
---Donna5535 on 6/29/10

We only know that God will answer - but how He answers we cannot know

It may be a direct 'NO'

It may be nothing for a long time, like you seem to have, either to train you to pray for longer, or so that when He finally does reply, you will be sure it is God who answered

Or, sometimes, it may be fast 'YES'

All are from God
---peter3594 on 6/28/10

no answer to prayer? I prayed how to be blessed & the way to do it is 'give your 10% malachi-way' later i found out that through hard work & sharpening your skills you will be 'blessed'.
sometimes we are deceived into doing something like obeying malachi when another way is practical & biblical. then others blame us that we lack faith or it is our fault. in luke a blind man cried out for healing but was told to 'shut up' or that healing on a sabbath is unlawful or sin. you asked an issue, your answer is 'that is a sin'.
---mike on 6/27/10

Lisa, keep praying and searching the scriptures and you'll receive the "discernment" necessary to know.

God will answer those who diligently seek him.
---larry on 6/27/10

yes, I stand in agreement w/ the last post, as well as the others. I've had a prayer take 12yrs to get answered. I've had others take an hour or 2. All in HIS good timing, not ours.

I can't post a link here, but if you see my email address.. check out my blog and do a search for: How to get answered prayers
---Joseph on 6/27/10

Deuteronomy 32:20

Isaiah 59:1-2

Lamentations 3:44

Why would God do this?

Proverbs 28:9
---Jay on 6/27/10

It depends on the prayer, but sometimes a "yes" answer takes a long time to be fulfilled. I've had prayers answered literally years afer I first prayed.
There are some things you just have to commit to the Lord... and with patience wait to receive it.

I think we often don't realize all that needs to happen before a certain request is answered. God can work instantly, but when He has to move humans around, and perhaps change their status in life or their can take a while (from our standpoint, not necessarily His)
---Donna66 on 6/27/10

Lots of times our prayers are not answered because of the nature of the prayer. Is your prayer in any way a selfish one or does your request go against the will of someone else to give you what you want? If our prayers are to get closer to the Lord or to know His will for our life or in some way to better our life or someone else's life, those prayers are usually answered by God. Check your life to see that your actions are pleasing to Him because unconfessed sin in our life can also hinder prayers from being answered. Just remember that God loves His children & wants to answer our prayers.
---Reba on 6/27/10

If a prayer is not consistent with God's plan don't look for it to happen.
---Friendly_Blogger on 6/27/10

lisa. "Have faith in God. Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. But ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. Let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him, he shall call upon Me, and I will answer him." Answered prayer is the Father,s promise to them that love Him.
Refs. Mark 11:22,24>James 1:5,6>Psa 34:15>Psa 91:14,15
---josef on 6/27/10

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God always answers prayer.

Sometimes, He says, "No."

Sometimes, He says, "Yes."

And sometimes, He says, "Wait."

Some of these may not be the desired answer, but that's another issue.
---Cluny on 6/27/10

Lisa, if you are saved, God hears and answers all of your prayers.

Sometimes the answer is YES, sometimes the answer is NO, sometimes the answer is WAIT.

Prayers are always answered according to God's Will and God's Purpose, not according to our will or our purpose.
---Rob on 6/27/10

Lisa, the Word tells us that if we know He hears us, then we have the petitions we have asked of Him, for we pray according to His will.

If you know He hears you, you have. God always answers your prayers. He answers His promises in the Spirit with yes and amen, to the glory of God through us.
---Linda on 6/26/10

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