If you sometimes have a doubt in God before, during or after you prayer to him. Or if you sometimes feel God has turned his back on you during your challenging moments. Kindly note the following to know why you sometimes feel so.
1) God sometimes turns his back on the wicked or the sinner
Psalms 18 vs 41says, "They cry for help, but no one saves them; they call to the Lord, but he does not answer". (GNB). Any believer who despises God or scoffs him should not look forward to or should expect God to listen to his/her prayer.
Proverbs 15 vs 8 says, "The Lord is pleased when good people pray, but hates the sacrifices that the wicked bring him".
Proverbs 15 vs 29 says, "When good people pray, the lord listens, but he ignores those who are evil".
Proverbs 28 vs 9 says, "If you do not obey the law, God will find your prayers too hateful to hear".
In some instances, God hears or listens to the prayers of an unbeliever. In the book of Jonah, the people of Ninevites had to no case to believe God would listen to their prayers. But God listened to their prayers of remorsefulness and repentance. And God showed them mercy.
7 “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. (NIV)
2) A believer should not doubt before, during and after his prayers
God always listens to or hears the prayer of a faithful believer
"Jesus answered, "Have faith in God. I assure you that whoever tells this hill to get up and throw itself in the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will happen, it will be done for him. For this reason I tell you, when you pray and asked for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for. And when you when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done" Mark 11:22-25
3) God saying NO or keeping mute to your prayer is also an answer.
A believer sometimes prays for something that is of no value to his or her faith. Prov. 19:21 say, "People may plan all kinds of things, but the Lord's will is going to be done". (GNB).
When Jesus was on the cross, there was a moment he cried out loud to say "My God, my God, why did you abandon me? "Matt. 27:46. This was because of the excruciating pain he was going through then. His prayer at that moment was answered with silence because he was to fulfill his mission by dying to give Salvation to the world.
God usually has something better for believers. Like the case of Elijah, he prayed to God to take his life because of the threat from Jezebel upon his life. Upon all what he went through no harm was done to him and historically became one of the men who was taken to heaven without seeing death.
4) Pending of answers to a believer's prayer from God.
The childlessness of the wife of Zechariah continued to remain for so many years as a priest of God. John the Baptist was conceived and born by Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah after so many years of barrenness.
"One day Zechariah was doing his work as a priest in the temple, taking his turn in the daily service. According to the customs followed by the priests, he was chosen by lot to burn incense on the altar. So he went into the temple of the Lord while the crowed of the people outside prayed during the hour when the incense was burn. An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right of the altar where the incense was burnt, When Zechariah saw him, he was alarmed and felt afraid. But the angle of the Lord said to him, "don't be afraid", Zechariah God has heard your prayer, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son. You are to name him John". Luke 1:8-13; GNB
Almighty God never forsakes his children nor abandoned them in times of challenges or temptations. He continues to remain our only source of refuge and comforter. So may every believer remain firm and strong in his or her faith until our dear Lord returns.
Author: Peter Mortoti
A believer in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Content created and supplied by: Mortyflex (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More