Monday, June 6, 2011
Why Do Prayers Go Unanswered?
Check this article out: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/deeper-walk/features/25752-why-do-prayers-go-unanswered
This is a very emotional and confusing topic. When I talked to friends of mine who were not Christians, one of the common questions they asked was "If God is a loving God and truly cares about us, then why do prayers go unanswered?" Many of these friends had Christian backgrounds, but turned from God and left their faith behind because of issues like this. They went through a life experience where they felt God was not present or cared about their problem, even when they needed Him the most.
It's hard to answer this question. I'm not sure anyone has THE answer, but many Christian leaders and godly people offer great insight. No matter what the situation, we must remember this:
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:7-10
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
We must always remember we belong to a loving God; whatever He does, never compromises what the Word tells us. There are times where we are confused about what He is doing in the situation, but we cannot understand God's beautiful character fully. But what we do know is that God is love, and He gave us the ultimate form of love: His Son, Jesus Christ, as the propitiation of our sins. So, as we pray, let us pray without fear or doubt -- because God hears us.