Sometimes life can feel a little overwhelming. But where do you turn to when it seems like God isn’t even listening?
Have you ever felt that God doesn’t always answer prayer? Have you ever had a day where things simply go wrong and you find yourself lying on your bed, tears soaking into your pillow because no matter how much you cry out to God, nothing ever changes? Why does God refuse to answer your prayers?
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
If you believe that all things work together for your good isn’t it a more likely solution that God is simply answering your prayers in a different way than what you expected?
You can’t run away from your trials
You can pray that the customer doesn’t return, because you really couldn’t stand another dose of abuse. Or maybe you take it a step further and realize that your own anger was not how you’re supposed to react as a Christian. You pray, “Oh, please don’t let that customer come back, I really don’t want to get so angry again.” But then what do you know, the very next day that same customer is back to yell at you some more! Isn’t this the exact opposite of what you prayed for?
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12.
Perfect and complete, lacking nothing
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4.
Isn’t this a far better solution? To be perfect and complete, lacking nothing?
Instead of asking why God isn’t listening to you, maybe you should ask why you aren’t listening to God! If your mind is set on doing God’s will, He will answer your prayer for freedom from getting angry with exactly the right trials you need to become patient. If you feel that God is not answering your prayers, ask yourself if you have really said “Your will be done” in every situation.
Don’t pray to God to keep you safe from the trials; pray to Him to give you strength to use that trial to become like Jesus! Then He will be more than willing to answer your prayers! Then you will never have another hopeless day again!