Unanswered Prayers (NO) Still has Power

Unanswered Prayers (NO) Still has Power

When we pray, sometimes God may answer “Yes,” but sometimes “No,”

But it shouldn’t matter; what matters is HOW God responds to our prayers – not whether he says “Yes” or “No”

If we pray according to God’s will, and our prayers are in alignment with that,

At the very least, God will respond. BUT

The Prayer may STILL not be answered / be a “NO” because of various factors.

For example,

1a) Sin and Freewill

It’s in God’s will that EVERYONE be saved.

And lets say I prayed for X person to be saved.

In reality, because of Sin and Freewill (Romans 5:12), my prayer may not be answered, no matter how much prayer is requested to God.

God’s not going to be a Calvinist and change people’s wills and whims. He doesn’t FORCE anything. (Free will can also RESIST convictions of the Holy Spirit.)

Sadly, and because of Sin + Freewill, many will burn in hell (Matthew 7)

1b) Apostasy is inevitable

And because of Sin + Freewill,

No matter how much we may pray for a “Revival” in America 2022, people will still fall into apostasy and sin, no matter how much we pray against it. (2 Thess 2:3)

1c) Persecution and Trials are Inevitable for Christians

And because of Sin + Freewill,

According to 2 Tim 3:12, Christians will have to face trials and persecutions, no matter how much we pray against them.

1d) Too many “Yes” answered prayers can spoil us

And because of Sin + Freewill,

A “Yes” to all our prayers may spoil us and cause us to SIN more and more (Deut 3:23)

Here are more reasons:

2) Sometimes we deserve it.

Sometimes God gives us unanswered prayers when we deserve it and need to change. (Deut 3:23-26)

3) Nothing good can come out of it.

When David’s baby died, God’s unanswered prayer helped David look for something good out of the situation; Him and Bathsheba gave birth to Solomon (2 Samuel 12:16)

4) Answered Prayers can be dangerous

King Hezekiah was dying but prayed that he be saved. He actually changed God’s mind and God granted the prayer. However, due to Hezekiah’s sin after, his son, King Manasseh, turned out to be one of the most evil Kings of Judah. (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

5) Unanswered Prayers can be a good thing

–Jesus prayed that he wouldn’t have to go through his torchure and death. Thank God this wasn’t granted or else we’d all be destined for eternity in Hell. (Matthew 26:42)

–Paul asked God to heal him during his ministry. God didn’t to teach Paul to find strength in God. (2 Cor 12)

In the end, we should put our faith NOT in the “Yes” or “No,”

But put our Faith in HOW God responds to our prayers, as He always responds / corrects our Spirits in a way that will be BEST for us. (Romans 8:26, 28)

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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