Have you ever prayed a prayer and asked God for something that never seemed to get answered?
God tells us in His Word in Matthew 7:7-8 that if we ask we will receive, but pay close attention to the “keep on” part of the verse. You see often times when we ask God for something or we pray for a need, we can treat God as if He is a vending machine, or an atm machine where we put our prayer card in and expect to get instant results.
Does that mean that God doesn’t answer prayers?
Absolutely not, God always gives us an answer to our prayers, but He does it His own way and on His own time because He has perfect timing, even though it may not seem like it when we look at our current life circumstances. The truth is that God hears our prayers, but there are often times that He wants us to press into Him, and really seek Him and spend time with Him in prayer and fasting to show our sincerity. He doesn’t just want to be a pit stop that you pull into when you have a prayer request and then race out of when your done asking.
There are times where God speaks to us through His Word, through other believers, or through some other method, and He is basically trying to give us the answer to our prayers, but we are so busy and distracted with our own life and what we’re doing that we can easily miss what He’s saying or not even realize He’s talking to us. If however, we ask and we seek Him for an answer to the prayer, and we continue to knock and keep our eyes, and heart on Him, we will hear Him when He speaks to us.
There are other times where we will ask God for something, and it will not be given to us, not because God didn’t answer our prayers, but because either God has something even better for you, or God knows that what you have asked for will end up hurting you, and in His mercy and grace chooses to give you an answer of “no”.
We have to remember that God is infinitely bigger than us and our short lives here on earth. While we have only a small fragment of the puzzle for our lives, God has the entire puzzle put together, and so He knows what will be best for us, and what will not. This does not mean that God controls everything you do, and you can never have anything you pray for. In fact there are times where if we are persistent enough God will grant us what we have asked for and use the consequences it brings as a learning experience.
I would encourage you today, if you have asked for something, continue asking, and seeking God for an answer. Be persistent, and God will speak to you, and He will give you an answer to your prayer.