You have probably being a situation where you could not help but wonder "Does God answer every prayer?"
This question may spring up after you must have sought God's face, tabled your request, worshipped, fasted, praise, and performed all the things we know to do to get answers from God to no avail.
Like many believers, myself included, you may begin to doubt God's ability to answer prayers. This article seeks to bring the right perspective to the subject matter we are considering – Does God answer every prayer?.
I will be answering the following questions:
- Can God answer every prayer?
- Will God answer every prayer?
- Why does God answer some prayers and not others?
- Does God delay answering prayers?
You are in for an eye-opener. To answer the questions we will peruse through scriptures. Let's begin right away.
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Can God Answer Every Prayer?
Yes! God can answer every prayer. There is nothing too difficult for God to do. It will interest you to know that according to God's word, He is obligated to answer us when we pray.
God Answers Prayers Bible Verses
The following scriptures prove that God can answer every prayer and is ever ready to answer us when we pray.
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:7-11
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14
These scriptures are a few out of the many that prove God can answer every prayer. There is absolutely nothing too hard for God to do. No prayer too difficult for God to answer.
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You may want to ask if God can answer every prayer, why has He not answered some of my prayers?. This will lead to the second question I will be answering – will God answer every prayer?
Will God Answer Every Prayer?
Sadly, God will not answer every prayer. As you have seen in your life and I can point out from scriptures, it is not every prayer that God will answer.
God is a King and He will only do that which is in the best interest of His kingdom. Anything that goes against His will and His kingdom even prayers will not get His endorsement.
The next question explains why God will not answer some of our prayers.
Why Does God Answer Some Prayers and Not Others?
The truth is that there are several reasons why God does not answer every prayer. We can pick some of them from the scriptures.
Jesus, who is the Son of God delivered the most profound teachings on praying effectively.
We see the evidence of His prayer ability in the Gospels. It will interest you to know that this same Jesus once prayed and didn't get answered.
Our Jesus who said whatsoever you ask in my name, I will do it. The same Jesus that said ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened unto you prayed one time and His prayer was not answered.
Remember, the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-42). Jesus was about to draw back from dying on the cross and He wanted to pray to God that the cup passes over Him.
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God did not respond and this tells us one of the reasons why God answers some prayers and not others.
1. Prayers must be in synchrony with His will
Do you recall when I said God is a King? And that anything we do or want to do that is not in tandem with His will and the interest of His kingdom will not get His endorsement?
It is the same thing when we pray. God will not answer any prayer that does not capture God's will and the interest of His kingdom.
Prayer must be aligned to God's will before it can be answered. God is not going to jeopardize His plans and purposes by answering prayers that are a malignment from His will.
This is what Jesus understood when He prayed that the cup should pass over Him at the garden of Gethsemane. When He saw God was not ready to grant His desire, He knew it was God's will for Him to die.
John reveals how that God's will is the single most important factor for getting answers to prayers.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: – 1 John 5:14
Our confidence that the prayers we pray would be answered is in the fact that when we pray according to the will of God, he hears us.
The moment our prayers become selfish and maligned from God's will, we should not expect to receive answers.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. – James 4:3
If the goal behind your prayer is to feel good about yourself, to boast, or have a sense of pride, James reveals you are never going to receive from God.
This is why Jesus counseled:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33
We see a scenario painted in Isaiah 59
Behold the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. – Isaiah 59:1-2
Sin as seen in the scripture above is another reason why God answers some prayers and not others.
God can reach you in whatever condition you are in and bring you out of it but He would be incapacitated you are living in sin.
It is not in the character of God to associate with any form of sinfulness and impurity. Sin will keep God's face hidden from you.
It does not matter whether you pray in tongues, fast all through the year, or worship like the angels, in sin God will not answer your prayer.
See what Apostle Peter said
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. – 1 Peter 3:12
The ears of God are open to the prayer of the righteous only. He is disconnected from the sinner and can only hear him or her when they repent of their sins.
John also affirms
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. – 1 John 3:22
The man who is sure to receive answers from God is one who keeps His commandments and does the things that are pleasing to God.
3. Lack of faith
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. – James 1:6-7
Lack of faith is another reason why God answers some prayers and not others. Praying without faith in God is like trying to drive a car with a knocked engine.
Faith is the currency we give God together with prayers to get answers from Him. Hence, no man should expect to receive answers from God when he does not believe God can answer him.
Hebrews 11:6 asserts that
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
Your access to God is faith. Without faith, your prayers will not be answered.
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Does God Delay Answering Prayers?
Certainly, He does. God may delay the answer to prayer because the time for its fulfillment isn't ripe.
He may also delay answering prayers when He needs to teach the prayer warrior patience or take him or her through a school in the Spirit.
It is difficult to give a formula that proves why God delays answering prayers.
Answers to prayers may also be delayed when the requisite amount of others needed before God acts has not been appropriated.
For instance, Elijah had to pray seven times in 1 Kings 18:42-44 before he opened the heavens for the rain to fall.
In Luke 18, Jesus taught us the same lesson when He spoke a parable about a widow and an unjust judge. The widow kept appealing to the judge until he had no choice but to give her justice.
The principle we learn here is that of perseverance and persistence in prayer. God's delay is not denial. We must continue in prayer as Paul admonished in Romans 12:12 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 thus
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; – Romans 12:12
Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
In conclusion, Does God answer every prayer?
Can God answer every prayer?
Yes He can
Enjoy grace to find answers when you pray!