Does God hear our prayers? If so, why hasn’t He answered me yet? Why I am still going through all these challenges, you ask.
Well, there are those times when our prayers don’t seem to go past the ceiling. We fast and do every religious practice that we know to no avail. All this leaves us feeling discouraged.
God does hear our prayers because He cannot deny Himself. Even if we are faithless, He will always be full of faith. He never wavers in His faithfulness towards us! God said that when we call on Him and come and pray to Him, He will listen to us. (Jeremiah 29:12)
It is tempting to give up and look for solutions elsewhere. Some people become so disappointed with God because they did not get what they wanted when they wanted. So they abandon the faith. Maybe you are thinking of giving up right now.
But listen – God hears prayers and not just that, He answers them. It doesn’t feel or look like it right now, but your Heavenly Father will answer your prayers.
Why God will Answers Your Prayers?
• God is Faithful
All through the Bible, we see how God came through for people. No matter how long it took, God always came through for them at the appointed time. Some of the promises and revelations God gave to people, like Abraham, Daniel, Paul, and Isaiah, are being fulfilled in this present age. Why is that? It is because God is faithful.
See, God will never tell you something, then wake up one morning and change His mind. He will remain faithful to His Word and fulfill it as long as you keep believing in Him and His Word. Stop looking at your circumstances or the promise and focus on the One who promised.
Sarah considered God faithful though she was barren, and Abraham was old (Hebrews 11:11). She had every reason in the physical to doubt God and give up. But Sarah did not let the natural realm detect to her. Instead, she chose to judge God faithful, and when the time was right, God came through for them, and she gave birth to Isaac.
• God Watches over His Word
People can promise you stuff, but they will end up disappointing you. Why? It is because we humans do not put much value on what we say. We can say things to please others or in the heat of the moment, but that doesn’t mean we shall come through for them.
The same cannot be said about God. He will always come through for us because God watches over His Word. He is not a man that He should lie; neither does God change His mind (Numbers 23:19). God will provide for you, trust Him, and believe that He has your best interest at heart.
• God Says So in the Word
We are told several times in the Bible that God hears our prayers. Our Heavenly Father hears the prayers of the righteous. As we pray, let us confidently know that God hears our prayers (1 John 5:14).
“But I am not righteous. I keep messing up all the time,” you may say.
Listen: God has made us righteous through the blood of His Son Jesus. So we have access to the throne grace in our time of need and mercy. If you’ve messed up, don’t hesitate to go to God and ask for mercy. He is a merciful God. He will forgive you as long as you are sincere.
Just the way a loving father is eager to listen to his child and provide for them is the way God is keen to provide for us. We only need to turn to Him and seek Him with all our hearts.
• God Loves You
Do you believe that God loves you? At times people ask, does God hear our prayers? because they think God doesn’t love them and will not answer their prayers.
Loving parents listen to their children even when they have made mistakes, right? The same is true about God. In fact, God’s love exceeds the love that a parent has for their child.
You may be struggling with thoughts of condemnation. Maybe the enemy has you convinced that your prayers are not being answered because God is angry with you. Please do not believe that. Know that God loves you so much. God is not judging you because He already judged Jesus on the Cross. There is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
If earthly fathers who are not perfect do good things for their children, what about a perfect God who loves you so much? God doesn’t love you because of what you have done, but because He is love.
If you have been asking, does God hear our prayers? Lean on Him and believe that He will grant you the desires of your heart.
Someone may ask:
“If God is faithful and He loves me so much, why hasn’t He answered me yet? I have been praying for weeks, months, or even years.”
5 Reasons Why your Prayers Haven’t Been Answered
Here are the five reasons why your prayers haven’t been answered:
1. God’s Timing is not our Timing
You want God to grant you the answer to your prayer now. But what if it is not the right time for you to have those things. See, just because it seems urgent doesn’t necessarily mean it is.
Peter says that one day is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years like one day (2 Peter 3:8). It means that our timing and God’s timing are not the same. It may seem that God is not coming through for you, but that is not the case.
Though God promised the prophets that the Messiah would come, Jesus was not born in their time. Most of these people died before seeing the promise. But that doesn’t mean that the Messiah did not come. When the time was right, Jesus was born and died for our sins.
It could be that the right time has not come for the answer to your prayer to manifest. You must always remember that God will never fail His children. He will never fail YOU! He loves you and wants the best for you. Go to Him and ask for patience so that you may joyfully await the manifestation of the promise.
2. What you Want is not Within God’s Will
It is okay to desire things but sometimes what we want is not within God’s will. You may be praying for something that does not align with God’s purpose for you. James tells us that God cannot answer such prayers (James 4:3).
You need to pray according to the promises of God. Just because something seems right to you doesn’t mean that it is okay to have it. Just because God gave it to your friend doesn’t mean you also need to have it.
At times it is good to tell God ‘according to your will, not mine’ when we pray. Jesus knew what He was going to go through during crucifixion. He knew the gruesome death He was going to die. Jesus also had every right to refuse to die for humanity and go back to heaven. But He humbled Himself to the point of death and told God, ‘not my will, but your will.’
You may feel justified to have something, but that doesn’t mean that you should have that thing. Trust God and know that He has the best for you. If it is not His will to grant you what you ask for, don’t get mad or try to twist His arm. Instead, believe that He is going to give you something better.
Yes, you have been asking God for that particular thing but do you honestly believe that God is going to grant it to you? Or do you at times doubt God’s capabilities and are trying to help Him speed up the process?
A double-minded person is unstable in His ways, and the Bible says he will not get what he is asking for (James 1:8). If you believe God for something, you need to believe that He will give it to you no matter how long it takes or how impossible your situation is. Do not run to God and, at the same time, run to the world for solutions. Believe that your Heavenly Father is faithful, and He will bring that promise to fruition.
Get verses that address your issue and study them until they become alive in your heart. See the manifestation of your promise in your imagination and trust God through it all. When doubtful thoughts fill your mind, counter them with the word.
4. God is Changing/Preparing you First
Sometimes it is not that we are double-minded or asking outside God’s will. It is just that God is working on our hearts first before He can grant us the desires of our hearts. See, God loves you, but that doesn’t mean He will give you something knowing fully well that you will misuse it. Or it will ruin you.
See, some of the blessings God has for us are so big. If He granted them to us without preparation, we would end up becoming proud or misusing them. So He takes His time to prepare our hearts and sharpen our character. Stop feeling discouraged or complaining and follow the process God is taking you through.
Let’s say you are trusting God for a car, but you don’t know how to drive. Instead of just praying about the vehicle, how about going to driving school? If you are trusting God for a husband, then learn how to be a wife. You cannot be praying for Christ-centred relationships in your life when you are not Christ-centered.
Prepare yourself for what you are asking for. Esther had to go through twelve months of preparation before she became queen (Esther 2:12). Jesus did not start doing His Father’s work until He was thirty years. The same is true for Joseph and David. God will prepare you for the blessing He is about to give you before He answers your prayer.
5. The Enemy is Blocking you Answer
We need to understand this, or we will miss some of the blessings that God has promised us. Not knowing who your enemy is and what he can do will cause you to miss out on God’s best. Human beings are not your enemy. The devil is. That’s why it’s important to know how to pray through spiritual warfare.
The enemy is against our progress in life. He doesn’t want us to enjoy God’s blessings, which is why he will fight us in different ways so that he can kill our faith. Do not assume that God has not answered your prayer because you have done something wrong, or it is not yet His perfect timing.
Know that all delays are not from God. Others may be orchestrated by the enemy because he wants to frustrate you. When Daniel prayed to God the first time, his prayer was answered almost immediately. But the second time, the enemy tried to block God’s messenger from delivering Daniel’s answer for twenty-one days (Daniel 10:13).
It could be that the enemy is trying to block the answer to your prayer. Do not stop praying. Like the persistent widow, keep asking until the answer manifests. It is better to pray wrong than not to pray at all. If Daniel had given up on the 19th or 21st day of prayer and fasting, He wouldn’t have received the answer to his prayer. Do Not Give Up!
I like Derek Prince. His teachings about Spiritual Warfare is never old. In this video, he tells the story of how he was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder and how, with God’s help, he overcame it.
If we are honest, we have all struggled to find answers to this question; does God hear our prayers?
But as we have seen, God answers prayers. But you need to cooperate with Him. I know that it is hard to keep on praying when things seem to be getting worse. But please do not give up.
The thing is, you may choose to give up, yet today maybe God’s appointed time.
Like Daniel, incorporate fasting into your prayers. Doing so will enable you to become strong in the spirit, which will enable you to keep fighting the good fight of faith.
Ask other spiritual friends and relatives to help you pray and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you until the answer manifests.
Remember, God loves you so much, and He will never let you down, for He is FAITHFUL!
What about you? Are you having a hard time not seeing the answers to your prayers right away? Share with us in the comments below.
Shalom & Blessings,