Are you sure God didn’t hear you?
None of us are worthy of God’s love, not a single one of us, but He gives it to us anyway. In fact, He LOVED us BEFORE we even thought about coming to Him! (1John 4:19) Don’t get so depressed or discouraged that you feel He has given up on you. That is a primary tool that our Adversary seeks to devour us with – discouragement. That said, there are a number of reasons that may be at play in your particular personal trial.
Since we don’t know your specific situation, we will offer several scriptural solutions. You will need to see which ones apply to your problem.
1. The Apostle Paul was being attacked by the enemy as well, and he prayed for the problem to be removed. The Lord said, No.
2Co 12:7-10, “To keep me from becoming conceited because of the exceptional nature of these revelations, a thorn was given to me and placed in my body. It was Satan's messenger to keep on tormenting me so that I would not become conceited. I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me, but he has told me, ‘My grace is all you need, because my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most happily boast about my weaknesses, so that the Messiah's power may rest on me. That is why I take such pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for the Messiah's sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul was able to see the reason he was allowed to suffer was for his own good and he accepted it and put his strength in the Lord.
2. Sometimes our prayers can be hindered because we have allowed a sin to come between us and God. Sometimes we may not even realize it. God places a high value on communication. Not just with us, but He expects us to have that open communication with our brethren as well. If we have a problem with one of our brethren in Christ (or we know one has a problem with us) and we have done nothing to try and fix it—that will hinder our prayers to God.
Mat 5:23-24, "So if you are presenting your gift at the altar and remember there that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.”
Mat 18:15, “If your brother sins against you, go and confront him while the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.”
3. Sometimes, we need the help of our brethren in prayer. If one is spiritually sick, or afflicted, the Lord requires we go to our brethren and ask for help.
James 5:13-16, “Is anyone among you suffering? He should keep on praying. Is anyone cheerful? He should keep reciting psalms. Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will save the person who is sick. The Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
4. This is probably one of the most important points to make. Ask yourself if you have given your life to God? Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and come into sonship with God? When we do that, we have Jesus as our advocate (our lawyer) and he will go with us to the Father and enter our plea for help. God promises to hear His children. He does not promise to answer those who are not yet His children.
God has conditions. If we want God’s blessings and help, we need to be His child and not just one asking what God can do for me, when it is convenient for me and not interested in God the rest of the time. If we are only a part-time Christian, or as the book of Revelation states, a lukewarm Christian—God may not answer our prayers. Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father…” God is only our Father if we come into sonship.
Rom 8:14-17, “For all who are led by God's Spirit are God's children. For you have not received a spirit of slavery that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with the Messiah–if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”