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Why doesn’t God answer my prayers? I made a commitment to Him and asked Him to bless me in a music ministry. But now I’m not getting enough opportunities to do music for Him.It seems as though some things in my life—such as my music ministry—have gotten worse since I started to pray. What’s with that?


Steve Answers:

God is answering your prayers. I know it sounds as though God isn’t answering your prayers the way you want Him to. But God might be saying no to a music ministry for you right now. Or God might be saying "Later."

Sometimes my ideas seem like great ideas to me, but not to anyone else. So I turn to God for encouragement, support, and some help to get my ideas off the ground. When turning to God doesn’t get my ideas off the ground, I feel hurt, rejected, and possibly ignored by God. Can you relate?

In the popular book Experiencing God, the authors present a different perspective. Instead of coming up with a plan and asking God to bless it, they suggest looking for God’s activity, and then going and putting yourself in the middle of it.

Apply that idea to your "unanswered" prayer for a music ministry. Instead of asking God to give you opportunities to do music, connect with places God is already blessing a music ministry.

Doing this may not make you an immediate Christian music star, but the issue is serving where God is active, rather than asking God to activate your idea.

Here are two extreme examples of prayer from Scripture:

"Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops" (James 5:17, 18).

"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will’" (Matthew 26:39).

This key difference is praying that God’s will be done rather than your will.

Are you praying for what God wants (transformation of your character, ministry to others, joy, consistent devotion, etc.)? Or are you praying for what you want (more friends, a significant ministry, nicer clothes, an easy life, etc.)?

God loves us too much just to give us what we want when we want it. He wants a friendship with us. He doesn’t merely want to be a genie that can be let out of a bottle and then put back in and set on the shelf. So that means God will answer our prayers with a yes when it’s what’s best for us. And God will answer no when it isn’t what’s best for us.

If God answers our prayers with a no, it often requires time to appreciate that response, since none of us likes to be denied what we want. 



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