“Yes, ask Me anything in My name, and I will do it!” – Jesus John 14:14
I am currently doing two Scripture writing plans. One is about forgiveness, the other is about prayer. In reality, those two go hand in hand, but that’s another blog post.
One of my friends passed away on May 30th. He was sick and for the 2 years that I knew him. I prayed daily for his earthly healing. I even had this strong underlying confidence that he would be healed.
So, his death has somewhat thrown my faith & prayer life for a loop. Then, today, I read/ write the above Scripture. Jesus said if we ask anything in His name, He will do it. The past few days some of those prayer Scriptures have bothered me. I keep thinking, “God, you didn’t answer my prayer for him and earthly heal him.”
Then it dawned on me that we have to take some things into consideration when it comes to having our prayers answered the way WE want them to be answered.
Let me assure you of one thing, God does in fact, HEAR our prayers!
There are many many Scriptures that show us that God hears our prayers.
Jeremiah 29:12 says, “In those days, when you pray, I will listen.”
James 5:13 says, “Are you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.”
Psalm 17: 6 says, “I am praying to You because I know You will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.”
James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Psalm 16: 1 & 2 says, “I love the LORD because He hears my voice and my prayers for mercy. 2 Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”
Jesus even took time to pray and talk to God. God hears our prayers.
Jesus said in John 14:13, “You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
The first reason He doesn’t answer our prayers is because what we asked won’t bring Him glory. I know, some of you are thinking, “That’s kind of prideful on God’s part.” Actually, it’s not.
God is God. He is the Almighty, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If a prayer request is to bring Him glory, then by all means, it should bring Him glory.
If you know the story of Lazarus, his sisters sent a message to Jesus that he was sick. Jesus waited to go see them. By the time He got there, Lazarus had been dead 4 days. That does not look like God heard their prayer for their brother to be healed.
BUT HE DID! God got the glory because Lazarus was resurrected. God wanted to show His power and the fact that He can defeat death.
Second, sometimes our prayers are asked with the wrong motive. James 4: 3 makes it abundantly clear, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
My prayer for earthly healing for someone is selfish at times. My motives are for me and the people who love that person to not suffer through loss and grief. I wasn’t always praying that his healing would show the world God’s power.
A prayer to win the lottery is really a prayer that benefits you, not God. Wrong motive.
I know we all want God to answer our prayers according to what we ask, but He just can’t always do that.
A third reason why God doesn’t always answer our prayers like we think He should is that we can tie His hands.
While, He is God and He can do anything, He will not go against someone’s free will.
That person you are praying for to fall in love with you, they have free will. God will not over ride that and make them love you.
Fourth, but certainly not least, God also can NOT go against His own Word. If our prayer request is something that goes against His Word, He simply will not do it.
For example:Let’s say we pray for God to break a promise He made to someone. He will never do that because He won’t go back on His promises and He will not change His mind.
Hebrews 6, “17 God also bound Himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that He would never change His mind.”
This is my way of processing through my prayers not being answered I hope it helps someone else!
God bless you today and always!