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.
God is gracious. He is merciful. He listens to our pleas. He sees the desire of our hearts. He feels our suffering. If this is the case, then why are there instances when God seems so out of reach that He can’t hear our prayers? Or, that He hears them but he doesn’t want to answer them?
There are three answers of God to prayers-YES, NO, WAIT. When God answers no, why should we still pursue to go?
Some of the reasons why there are NO answers or why there are unanswered prayers are:
- God foresees harm when our prayer is answered
- Our prayer in in opposite of someone’s prayer. Either one of us’ prayer will be granted while other will not be
- Praying for the impossible
- God has something much better in mind
The last three letter word-SIN is basically one of the hindrances why our prayers are not answered. David for instance was in the same situation too and it was narrated in 2 Samuel 12:15-22.
15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”
22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
For sin disrupts our communication with the Lord. We must, as much as we can, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, try to avoid it. For we have been cleanse by the blood of Jesus. We shouldn’t go back to our dirty old self. And if in case our prayers were still left unanswered, trust in the Lord. Think of Job who had the most number of unreciprocated prayers in the Bible yet he stayed faithful until the end. His great reward— a good life with the Father. Eternity in Heaven awaits those who remain to Jesus.