QAWhy are some prayers not answered immediately?There are many reasons why
our prayers may not have been answered immediately. Here’s a short
list for us to consider:
- We may have sin in our
hearts (Ps 66:18). Sin, like a covering of cloud, fogs our way
and hinders our prayer from getting through (Lam 3:44). How can
we get rid of the fog of sin? The Bible tells us that we must
have a heart pleasing before God, for our prayers should be like
sweet smelling incense before God (Ps 141:2). After we have the
right attitude and motivation, we should examine ourselves and
repent of our sins (2 Cor 7:10–11).
- God’s time may not have
come yet (Eccl 3:1). God has an appropriate time for everything.
We must always wait for the fullness of God’s time. Sometimes
it seems we have waited so long without an answer, but God always
watches over his people (Rev 6:10–11). The Lord once ended a parable
by saying, “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?” (Lk 18:7). God’s purpose may be to test us so
we’ll learn how to pray and live by faith (Rom 12:12; Lk 18:1).
If we can always wait for God’s timing, we can better see the
beauty of God’s purpose.