A major theme not only in Christianity itself, but across religions is, “Why Doesn’t God Hear My Prayers?”
Many times I hear this question from people asking me or from the news or at church groups or whatnot. It’s quite a popular complaint of people. They pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and are wondering to themselves,
“Does God even hear what I’m saying?”
“Why doesn’t god hear my prayers?”
I struggled with this for many years… wondering what
was happening myself. Did God hear me? Did it care about my prayers? Did God know my problems?
Forget my problems, did God know how the state of the world is entirely screwed up?
I asked myself these questions daily – and never stopped praying earnestly – like my life depended on it, like my SOUL depended on it… and eventually the answers started flowing…
“Yes Jerry, I hear you…”
“I’m making iself known to you…” Iself is what God calls
itself. I asked once, “why not ‘myself’ and God said…
“I am not MYself Jerry, because I don’t own myself.
I am for you and the rest of the believers in me. I am here for you as you’ve been there for me – doing my work with the other of my children…”
So, ‘iSelf’ is just a way God refers to it…
I didn’t ask anymore… occasionally I can sense a little aggravation in the voice of God and I back off. Too many questions at once is not so good an approach.
I like to ask a question and then listen usually. God likes to talk – so usually I listen. It’s respectful that way.
I have to take God’s side for a minute… do you think that your prayers deserve to be heard? You know what I’m saying… do you really have a pure heart and intention when you ask that your prayers be answered?
Are you asking for God to help you lose some weight while there are starving people all over the world that could use the extra food you’re overeating with?
If you had to ask yourself – “What is a better way to lose weight?” One way might be that you could eat smaller meals and send the money you save to
help kids being forced to eat bugs and handfuls of rice donation handouts.
Do you see what I’m saying? I’m not trying to be too upfront, but I think sometimes being upfront is ok. Maybe I ate too much one time too – that’s ok,
but, the next time I think about children with swollen bellies and dying for food… and I think God shrinks my stomach a little bit.
In the bible was said something regarding not needing to eat – because God is the bread and the drink and that we could live off his words. I believe that. If
you believe it, you too could find peace. At least if you believe what he said.
Do you believe it?
And so – there are many things that we ask God for. Some are worthy of his listening to and some are not. Some are selfishly prayed in the hopes
that you’ll get something special from him. A gift.
We always want the gift, but we don’t always want to GIVE a gift.
GIVE God a gift and yourself a gift by asking yourself before you pray if, by praying for something, you are of a pure heart… of an unbridled consciousness… and if that is the truth. The God’s honest truth then maybe
it’ll listen… and maybe he won’t… nobody really knows the workings of God’s mind.
If you want to pray about something that will help a lot more people than yourself, pray for sustained rain to fall across the drought-devastated East Africa’s Horn region. If rain doesn’t fall, crops don’t grow.
God said, “If you spend more time before you pray thinking about what it is you really want… you’ll come up with something better to pray about 4 out of 5 times.”
I don’t think that he’s saying that those of us that are on the internet with our free time are wasting his time, just that if we question a bit before we pray we’ll learn more about ourselves and why we’re asking for something trivial while others don’t even have the basic necessities of life.
Interesting facts about Hunger > Millions of Mouths Blog
PS: What about you – any ideas why God doesn’t hear your prayers? Or, if you think he hears them – why doesn’t he answer them?