Are your prayers being answered on a regular basis? If they are not you might want to examine the reason that you are asking what you are asking. It is critically important that if we want prayers to be answered that we ask for what God promises to give us.
In James we read that people are not getting their prayers answered because they were asking to consume it on their own lusts (James 4:3). How often do you pray for things that all about accumulating wealth in your life. These things will bring you glory and most likely make you proud. God knows if He answers these prayers, it will drive you away from Him. God knows effects of such a prayer would be devastating on your life Often, He will not answer prayers like this.
However, if He knows that you will take that wealth and give it away to people that need it, He may answer that prayer. if He knows that You will use that wealth to bring Him glory, He just may answer that prayer. If He knows that pride will not result, the answer may come. It’s all about the motive with these kind of prayers.
Another reason prayers don’t get answered is because we don’t pray according to God’s will. Now we all realize that God’s will is His word. Therefor, we believe that for everyone that is sick, He wants to heal them because by His striped we are healed. But if that is the case, why do people die? Why do some prayers end in miraculous healing while others take years to finally see healing come? Why do people even get sick or injured in the first place if we are praying for their safety?
The reason is that we don’t know exactly what God’s perfect will is in any situation. When Jesus prayed for the ten lepers, 9 were cleansed, one that came back and gave thinks was made whole (Luke 17:11-19). What’s the difference? Well, leprosy can eat away skin, noses, ears, fingers and make your body look like a leper the rest of your life. You are cleansed when the sores stop oozing and take on a wholesome appearance. None of the skin is completely restored, not the prats that may have been eaten away. I believe the one who came back and gave thanks was made completely whole, completely restored.
The best thing we can do for anyone is that God’s will should be done in their lives. Pray that they will be given the strength in God is ready to heal them. Pray that they will endure the trial and learn what God has for them. Pray that they will accept God’s timing in their lives. Don’t override God’s plan by praying for what you think is God’s will.
A third reason is that we try to tell God how He should answer our prayers. That is a recipe for unanswered prayer. God is sovereign and He will answer the prayer the way in which he knows it will be best for us. The trouble is that we do now know what is best for us as well as God does. He knows our future and He knows the plans He has for us. if we will just learn to place our lives in God’s hands, accept the situations that come before us, and lay them at His feet, then we will have a lot more peace. Stop prescribing your own answers, your own medicine. Allow Him to lead.
There are other reasons, but these are the big three in my opinion. Personally, I would like every prayer to be answered. I have worked hard to bring my prayer life in line with His word and I have seen more and more prayers answered. Have you examined your prayer life lately?