When God Says No to Prayer

Why pray when God knows everything? God didn't answer my prayer. Praying in Jesus' name

Some say that the secret to always having your prayers answered is to always pray for things that God wants. They say that God always says yes to those kind of prayers.

Bologna.

Some prayers may be answered with a resounding NO…even if those prayers are in line with God’s will! Let’s look at two Scriptures:

He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9b

They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.
2 Thessalonians 1:9

We know that praying for what God wants is ‘praying in His will’. We also know that God wants everyone to be saved, so praying for someone’s salvation hardly seems like a prayer that God would answer with a NO. However…it’s also clear that, despite God’s desire to the contrary, some people will end up in hell.

What can we conclude? It’s safe to say that prayers for another’s salvation depend largely on God, but not entirely…or everyone would end up in heaven. Since we know that won’t happen, we have to face the reality that some of our own prayers – even ones in line with what God wants – may go unfulfilled.