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Bible Q

Why does God sometimes seem not to hear prayer?

You also say:

“I have to start from somewhere. I am a Nigerian. The recession took its pound on my job, followed by a separation and a divorce in court. I also was involved in a terrible auto accident. It was so bad that you will see His grace in my life.

I am begging God for opportunities that will enable me to meet my responsibilities on my children. I have changed my old ways too.  Even my folks are shocked at my complete turn-around to serve God.  I am ashamed the kids depend on their mothers, especially my daughter.

I am not letting go of God until I get this enablement. He seems not to hearing after over 100 days of prayer and fast and still counting.

Why is he not hearing / answering?”

I cannot say why you do not seem to get answers to your prayers.  I cannot answer for God.  All I can do is point out some of the things God tells us about praying.

  • If we want God to listen to us, we have to listen to him by reading and meditating on his word.

Proverbs 28:9
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

  • God hears and sees the righteous, but not the wicked.

1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

  • We have to be careful about what we pray for.

James 4:3
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

  • Sometimes the answer of God to our prayers is no.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  (8)  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  (9)  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  • Life is not always easy.  God often puts us through trials to develop our faith.

Acts 14:22
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

  • We need to keep on praying and not give up.

Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Luke 18:1-8
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.  (2)  He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.  (3)  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’  (4)  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man,  (5)  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'”  (6)  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  (7)  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?  (8)  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily.

Never give up seeking after God and praying to God.  Sometimes, the reasons things happen to us, become apparent later in our lives.  What we do know for sure, is that God is a gracious loving God who will do what is best for his children’s long term good.

2 Cor 4:17-18
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  (18)  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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