#2 Why doesn't God answer my prayers?
Perhaps you’ve heard the old cliché, Prayer changes things. But what about the times when it just doesn’t? You ask for something from God, something good, and nothing happens—it’s like he wasn’t even listening.
When Jesus said in Matthew 7, “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Does he actually mean that everything we ask for, we get? The obvious answer is no. And Jesus follows this up with, “… how much more will your Father give good things to those who ask him?”
Those are important words, God gives good things. Only good things. He doesn’t give serpents to children. “Ask and you will receive” doesn’t mean ask and you will receive the very thing you ask for when you ask for it in the way you ask for it. Jesus didn’t say that, and He didn’t mean that. Pastor Matt Manning helps us understand God’s answer to our prayers even when it feels like he isn’t listening or just doesn’t care.
If we take the teaching as a whole, it says that when we ask, seek, and knock — when we pray as children reaching up to our heavenly Father, he will hear us and he will give us GOOD things in response to those prayers.
Sometimes that means he will give us just what we asked, in the way we asked for it, when we asked it - just the way we desired. And other times he gives us something better, or brings it in his own way or timing with the greater goal of our spiritual growth in mind. And other times, like a wise dad he says “no.” While that sounds a lot like silence to us, and can even seem heartless, knowing his heart towards you is full of love, kindness, and compassion can help build your trust and faith that He’s ultimately giving us only what is truly good for us.