This is a question for the ages. Does God answer all of my prayers? The short answer is, God hears all your prayers, and in one sense, he does answer all your prayers. We just do not always receive what we ask for or they are answered in a different way. When we ask God for something, the response is yes, no, or wait.
God will typically answer no to our prayer if we ask for things that are not good for us or others. We don’t always know what the reason for the no is, but we need to remember that God sees things from an eternal perspective. Some things we may never understand in this lifetime.
In Habakkuk 1:2, Habbakuk asked the following of the Lord:
“How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear?”
This was one of those big, deep, tough, “life” questions that Habakkuk was asking God. In the midst of all the chaos surrounding his life, he was basically asking, “God, where were you when I needed you the most?”
God does answer prayers, however he does it in different ways, in his way, the way that he thinks is best for us.
Sometimes the Lord can’t hear us when we pray. It is not because we need to talk louder or speak more clearly. Sometimes God can’t hear us when we pray because according to Psalm 66 and Isaiah 5, there is sin in our life.
Sometimes the toughest answer to receive from God is “Wait.” When this happens, we need to remind ourselves that God is in control and can certainly handle our situation. We need to allow Him to continue working in whatever way He sees fit. And we can’t try to take back the situation but must truly be patient and wait on God’s timing! HIS timing does not always coincide with ours, it is HIS that matters.
The hardest answer we can receive when we pray is NO, however sometimes the Lord sees this to be his way. While this can be a very difficult answer to receive, it’s still an answer…regardless if we understand His decision at the moment or not. God is able to reveal His strength in you and me when we are broken and weak. There is a purpose when God says “No.” While this may be difficult, in time you will be guided to the right path.
The last response is the “Yes” we are all looking for. There is true power in prayer. And when we pray in Jesus’ name, He may also say “Yes.” “Yes, I’ll forgive. Yes, I’ll heal. Yes, I’ll step in to help.”
As a follower of Christ, if you’re in a holding pattern, trust that God is working, and that He is sovereign over all the details in your life.