Why does God not hear my prayers? Why has God shut me out and where is he; all seems lost? This is a question that always pops into my head when I am going through a hard time. Ill question myself, has God forsaken me? Through my Christian journey, there are 2 possibilities of why it seems as if God has not heard my prayers. It is either because I do not have a repentant heart or God is allowing the situation I am in to mold me into his image. Let’s take a look at the heart of the issue, sin.
Most of the time when it feels as if God is not hearing my prayer, it is when my heart is not set on God. It is as if God has become my personal genie and I have only called upon him when I want something. Or it could be I am living in waist-deep sin and the sin is causing God to not hear my cry. It seems when we are waist deep in sin, the only prayer God is going to hear is the prayer of a heart that is seeking forgiveness.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Turn from your sin, then God will listen to you.
What about that pesky thing called a test? Yes, God will allow life to test us! Why though? God knows that when hardships approach us, it teaches us and it causes us to rely on our savior. Life is not rose-colored glasses and God will allow things in life to cause us to lean on him! Read the book of Job. Job had everything taken away from him but he persevered and became closer to God and even got his own book in the bible. Let God mold you through the fire. God will hear your prayers, just have a repentant heart and know that God is sovereign.
Next time you question, why does God not hear my prayers check your heart. Are you living in waist-deep sin? Yes, then repent and turn to God then he will hear you.
Is God testing you? then endure until the end.
Remember that through your life, God is still God and you are still his child and a good God will take care of his children.
“Call on me in prayer and I will answer you. I will show you great and mysterious things which you still do not know about” Jeremiah 33:3.
But your heart also must be focused on God.