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6 Reasons Why It Seems Like God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers

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Every Christian seeks to have an effective prayer life. However, we often become confused about praying when answers do not seem forthcoming. The confusion comes especially after constantly praying for something or fasting. Unanswered prayer is a common theme among Christians that need to be addressed. If some or all of your prayers go unanswered, you have come to the right place.

The Bible outlines situations that actually prevent our prayers from being answered. God is never the one to blame. Often, we hinder our requests to God. Let us look at six biblical reasons why your prayers go unanswered.

Lack of faith

Hebrews 11:1 says, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In other words, faith is having complete confidence in God and His Word. A lack of faith means you neither trust God nor His Word. You become faithless when you doubt or disbelieve God. Subsequently, you make faithless prayers, which go unanswered. Remember you cannot please God if you are faithless (Heb.11:6).

If you pray yet doubt God’s Word, you should not expect to receive anything from God (James1:7-8). Even if you pray for something legitimate but fail to ask in faith, your prayer will not yield the results you expect because it is impossible to please God without faith. The same is true if you pray to be seen by others or merely recite words during prayer, yet you are not focusing on God.

God will answer your prayers if you have unwavering trust and confidence in Him and His Word.

Living in sin

Scriptures confirm that sin is another reason God is not answering your prayers. According to Romans 6:23, sin separates man from God. Isaiah 59:2 clearly shows that sin hides God’s face from you so that he cannot hear your prayers. Furthermore, the Lord does not listen to anyone who cherishes iniquity (Psalm 66:18). Living in sin makes your prayers an abomination before God. Subsequently, you end up not receiving what you ask. You cannot live in sin and love God at the same time. Loving God means hating evil, including sin. Just like a disobedient child grieves his father, your sins grieve God.

If you have been living in sin, confess your sins to God and avoid wrongdoing. God cleanses your sins the moment you confess them, making you righteous. Once you are right with God, your prayer will be effective (James 5:16).

Wrong motives

Wrong motives deprive prayers of the power to draw God’s attention. According to James 4:3, people do not receive what they pray for because of wrong motives. God cannot give you bad things even if you ask, believing. So, if you pray with complete confidence in God, but your motive is ungodly, God will not grant you whatever you ask. This is not contrary to what Jesus said: God’s children will receive anything they ask in prayer (Mark 11:24). God searches the mind and heart and weighs every motive before answering prayers. Any prayer founded on ungodly motives, such as an unrighteous agenda or selfishness, goes unanswered. In other words, you cannot receive what you ask from God if your motive is to spend it on hedonistic desires. Many people fast and spend much time in prayer but never receive what they want because of wrong motives such as jealousy, self-ambition, or anger.

To receive what you ask from God, always pray with the right motive.


Pride is bragging about yourself, having an arrogant attitude, or being insolent. The Bible says that God opposes the proud but grants His favor to the humble (James 4:6). Pride is not just a problem for non-Christians but also Christians. It is the opposite of humility. Proverbs 16:18 states that pride precedes a fall (perhaps a big fall). Fall or destruction comes after someone becomes too full of themselves. Pride skews your perspective of reality and makes you believe you deserve all glory because you are better or worth more than everyone. God opposes the proud (1 Peter 5:5), meaning He is at war with you if you are proud. There is no doubt that pride is a huge stumbling block to your prayers.

According to the Bible, you should humble yourself to receive grace and favor from God.

Praying outside God’s will

1 John 5:14-15 shows that God hears and answers prayers whenever we ask according to His will. While praying and receiving answers seems straightforward according to this scripture, you may wonder why you do not get responses to your prayers. Many people neglect this scripture’s condition – according to God’s will. You may have prayed but did not do so according to God’s will. This condition has to be met for God to hear and answer your prayer.

So always seek to understand God’s will (Romans 12:1-2) and ask according to it.

Not the perfect time

It is not always a ‘no’ just because God has not answered your prayer. In some cases, the right time is not yet. Your answer to what your kid wants is not always a ‘yes.’ Sometimes it is a hard ‘no’ because the child is still young. Otherwise, it would be irresponsible for a parent to give whatever their children want. God loves His children so much that he would not grant them things they do not need at a particular time. If you have not received an answer to your prayer, chances are that God is waiting for the perfect time. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, just as the heavens are from the earth (Isaiah 55:9).

If you have prayed according to God’s Word but have not received an answer, keep believing and praying patiently. Your answer will surely come at His perfect time.

Final thoughts

Almost all these reasons reveal that the condition of your heart matters to God more than your situation. Guarding your heart against unbelief, ungodly motives, sin, and other distractors will transform your prayer life, and yield answered prayers.

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