Simple Devotions
For the Complex Life

Why Doesn't God Answer All My Prayers???
This question reminded me of a story I had heard, about a little boy who was 6 years old.

How often are we like the little boy... When our father doesn't give us the answer we want to hear we get angry and question him. We question if he really pays attention, if he really cares, and sometimes if he is really an all-powerful God.

But just like the father in this story, God HAS a reason for the things he does. Sometimes he doesn't give us the answer we want because he wants to protect us from ourselves (just like the little boy could have been severely hurt or killed by the shotgun).

Sometimes God wants us to grow more, or prove that we are ready for what we are praying for.

Sometimes God wants us to take the first few steps... to show that we are ready to obey him.

And sometimes the answer is "no."

But ALL THE TIME, God is listening, and caring for you. As the old saying goes:

"God doesn't always give you what you want, but he always gives you what you need."