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Do you ever pray and not have your prayer answered?

Have you ever wanted something so bad and prayed for it and it just didn't happen? What was the ultimate outcome, good or bad?

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God always answers prayers, just because he doesn't answer the way you want doesn't mean he didn't answer.

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Yes but then you find out in the future why it didnt

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Yes it happens you pray about something and on rare occasions it does come to pass and 95% the rest of the things you prayed for are left waiting for a response, but it does happens that also includes wishes, if you wish something most likely it will come true....Likely! I said I wanted to move to Ga when I was 14 and by 17 I got my wish and fully regret it, so be careful what you pray for and wish for it may come back to bite you depending on what you said.....

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yes but every time i do something really good i start to understand what ever i prayed about

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yeah. all the time. but i realize now that i shouldnt rely on a higher power to solve all my problems.

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What did you ask for ? Maybe it was not good for you. Or perhaps you were spared from something worse. Don't give up.
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We have minds and common sense and tuition for a reason. We are to use them
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Exactly!
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God answers all prayers -- just not always how we want them answered.

Sometimes He says yes; these are the ones we usually considered answered.

Sometimes He says no, because He has something better planned. We usually considered these unanswered because we didn't get the answer we wanted.

Sometimes He says wait. You're not ready for this yet.

Trick to getting your prayers answered is Delight yourself in the Lord. Praise Him truly not just to get something like you may have done with your parents-remember He sees your hearts and knows your reasons for doing things. Read His word. Find joy in Him. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart because we are going to want what He wants to give us.

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Well said!!
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The Word is true
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It's just as important to listen (meditate) as it is to pray. God can help you understand what it is you should really be asking for. The New Testament always refers to Christ 'Praying & Meditating' - NOT just one or the other.

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God answers all prayers in his own way and time.

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God has his time and way he wont nessesarally give u wat how or when u want it but the bible says that god won't give u wat won't help u help others and that for those who love god everything is for good sometimes ur mad but then u understand that everything happens for a reason

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No you always get a answer:
No
Yes
Wait

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Not since I was young and got out from under my parents' indoctrinating thumb. You have to take responsibility for your own life. By the way, when I was young and DID pray, obviously none of those prayers were answered.

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When you pray god always listens. It may not happen right away but it will. And if it doesn't happen than god has another plan. you should never question him because he has his reasons.

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I don't want to be offensive, but when you say, "Have you ever wanted something so bad and prayed for it and it just didn't happen?" you're actually trivialising your perception of both God and prayer.

Surely that kind of prayer is not much different from the questions we see from children on Ask when they want to know, "How do I make my parents buy me an iPad/a dog/a horse/take me to Disneyland, etc."

Prayer might well give comfort or hope to a believer but It's pretty much like throwing a coin into a wishing well. There's a well-worn old cliche that insists that "God helps those who help themselves." Think about it. Getting out and doing something to achieve what you want is going to be a lot more effective than pleading for it.

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Thank you--all I can say is thank you. Let me tell you Dozy--it was wild and wooly around here today, I've never seen so many angry people denying evolution, as I did earlier today.
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I keep promising myself that I won't get involved in religious discussions, but I just get drawn in.

I don't think you saw yesterday's discussion on the age of the earth when somebody thought I was proposing Bishop Ussher's 6000 year old chronology. You might enjoy it. http://www.ask.com/answers/14472301/how-old-is-the-earth
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Yep, there's Gilgamesh, right there in my encyclopedia of Middle Earth.
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Dozy, thank you for your anwer, but I have to ask, what about the things we cannot do something about and are completely out of our control?

Isn't this what prayer is for, to give us hope, to help us cope in painful and hopeless situations and not just asking for what we want?

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Mamatembo, sometimes prayer can give comfort to those who believe it is real, and perhaps out of that comfort some good can come.

The alternative -- for those of us who have no confidence in prayer, and no illusions about a beneficent God -- is to face whatever problems there are and to find a way to cope with them. Sometimes that means working out a solution, sometimes it means accepting the inevitable. Not all problems can be solved -- and not all pain can be avoided.

If prayer gives hope, then pray. If your belief in God allows it then prayer can be a source of strength. If you have a problem now, I hope you find a way to put it behind you.

Sorry if that sounds like a sermon. (It feels a bit over the top to me.)
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I Can Share A Time That I Felt
That After Praying, God Didn't
Answer. Not Too Many Days
After, It Became Clear To
Me That God Knew Best
and I Was So Happy
That I Did Not Stay
Put At That Office.
THEIR G O A L S
Were RAISED
Way Too
High!

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Very nice Haiku? Thank you for sharing your thoughts. : D
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I Am Not Familiar With The
Haiku Style Of Writing.
Thank You- And
Take Care!
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Sometimes we pray thinking we will always get what we ask for but sometimes we forget to consider that the answer may be "No" or "Not right now."

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Sometimes the answer is what you might think of as a "no". But give it some time. What you originally thought of as a "no" could very well turn out to be a "yes" in the long run. Have patience.

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God answers ALL prayers. Sometimes the answer is "no"

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Gods listens to all prayers. Answers some Yes, some No, some Wait.
Maybe a No may be better for us but we just didn't realize it.
Or sometimes a No is because we did not deserve it, just like praying to pass an exam, but didn't bother to review at all.

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Unnamed soldiers prayer "I got nothing that I asked for but everything I hoped for. I am among all men most richly blessed". Excerpt from the pocket found in a shot confederate soldiers person.
God has three answers to prayers. Yes. No. Wait. I've learned to embrace all three.

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God Answers all prayer in his perfect timing. He is never late or early, but always on time. There is yes, no, but delay is not necessary denial. Trust in Him that he heard, no matter what and trust the outcome for whatever reason He has. The scripture says: His thoughts are not our thoughts; His ways are not our ways; His thoughts are higher than our thoughts; His ways are higher than our our ways. Isaiah 55:9.

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All the time. Now, I just get out there and make it happen.

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