On yesterday, I proposed a question; “Is God deliberately not answering my prayers?” I’m sure you too have asked yourself the same and the response is yes. Often times, God deliberately won’t answer our prayers for several reasons:
- What you’re asking for is not of God’s will. It doesn’t matter how good you think it is or what purpose it’ll serve. It has to be God’s purpose for your life or for the “advancement of His Kingdom” (Daniel 2:44).
- Your motives/heart is not pure. If you are praying for your own selfish reasons, wickedly, or that God brings forth harm to someone (especially if they’ve hurt you), consider that prayer canceled! God will avenge all His people and even says in His word, “Vengeance is mine says the Lord” (Deuteronomy 32:35).
- Preparation has to occur first. A lot of things we ask God for, we don’t have the strength or mental capacity to handle it. God has great things planned for us, but we must be ready in order to receive them and do what He has planned for us to do. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
- God has better plans for us. Many times, the things we think are of benefit to us only prove to be detrimental for us. We think because it’s “our life” and we know what’s best, we go ahead of God only to discover how bad we end up needing Him. However, God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8) and “He knows the plans He has for us. Plans to prosper us and not harm us. Plans for a hope and future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
There are a number of reasons God won’t answer our prayers, but those are the most common. In any event, know that God has your best interest at heart and when the time has come and you are ready, God will answer your prayers.