If your child asked to be fed nothing but chocolate from now on would you honor that request? You would say no, not because you don't love your child but BECAUSE you love him and know that what he's asking isn't good for him.
Because he doesn't exist. I mean look at it this way. If your god is going to let an older woman with cancer survive over a poor suffering hungry child in Africa, then you must not have a great god after all. America itself is majority Christian nation. There are atheist children in Africa. Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost. With this being said, there's no possible way that an American woman with cancer could survive in comparison to an atheist African CHILD.
Are you sure the prayers were rejected? There are some things that take time. Your prayers are like seeds planted in the garden of life. They may require all the necessary ingredients & cycles before the results are manifested.
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God does not answer requests that go against his will, or his requirements, which are in the Bible. (1 John 5:14) For example, the Bible requires that we avoid being greedy. Gambling promotes greed. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10) So, God will not answer your prayer if you pray to win the lottery. God is not a genie that you can summon to do your bidding. Actually, you can be thankful for this. Otherwise, you might have to fear what others could ask God to do. James 4:3.
God does not listen to those who are determined to offend him by their actions. For example, God told those who claimed to serve him but acted rebelliously: "Even though you make many prayers, I am not listening; with bloodshed your very hands have become filled." (Isaiah 1:15) But if they had changed their ways and ?"set matters straight"? with God, he would have listened when they prayed to him. Isaiah 1:18.
Sometimes you have to work things out for yourself. If a life or death issue, might just be your time to go. God helps those who help themselves. Some prayers are just a hopeful lazy way out of a dilemma
Sometimes you get the things you want and sometimes you don't. That's life. No prayers are rejected.and none are answered, either,, because making wishes to invisible non-entities accomplishes nothing. Acting on your desires and wants may. Or may not. That also is life.
If you wanted something and got it I can assure you there are very tangible, earthly reasons that happened not that you'll always understand those, either.
All circumstances in your life are due to your own actions, God or gods have nothing to do with it. God does not reject your prayers, he never hears them, he does not exist. Therefore you are talking to yourself, and it is yourself that needs to move on what you need or desire.
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I believe that if someone prays to God and asks Him for something, that person probably believes that He will answer. After all, why would an unbeliever pray to a God they don't believe in? Therefore,we are talking about believing prayers. And to that question, I say that God answers all believing prayers, sometimes it's with a "yes", sometimes it's "no", and sometimes it's "I have a better way". Thank you for you great question, bye!
From the way the question was asked, we can deduct that the asker already believes in God. The question is not if God exists, but why God rejects some prayers, under the belief that God does indeed exist. Therefore, any answers that God rejects some prayers because He does not exist are invalid, inappropriate, and unhelpful. Thank you. (I'll debate with an atheist any day, but I try to stick to the APPROPRIATE arenas.)
Besides that, there's not much to add, as there are already some great responses. God rejects prayers if we ask for the wrong thing or for the wrong reasons. We might even ask for the right thing in the right way, but still might not get it, because God is working towards a greater purpose. He always works out everything ultimately for the best and we have to trust Him. He sees and understands what we cannot - the entire, infinite universe and all the intricate, inter-workings between every thing and every creature.
Why does He choose not to answer some you mean? We cant know or understand all of Gods reasoning can we? But the following may be a few reasons: 1: Selfish/selfserving prayer. God isnt a magic genie here to grant all our wishes. He never promises us wealth and popularity or perfect health. 2: Because He knows the future He knows our request isnt right for us or for the person we are praying for 3: Answering our prayer would require violating someone elses free choice/free will. 4: To protect us from ourselves 5: Because out prayer doesnt fit His plan for us or the person we pray for.
If you are not right with God( living in sin), God does not hear your prayers. Yet! If you sincerely cry out to God with repentance in your heart/he will hear your cry. When he does hear your prayers, it is His choice to answer "yes, no, or wait , i have something better! So before you pray.... Have your heart right with God. God is Holy . Man Is sinful. Sin is the separating factor from a Holy God!
Who can know the mind of God? If you love him & try to please him, he will answer your prayers. Maybe not exactly when you want him to. You know the heart that doubts whether God hears him is an unstable one. I'm not implying this is you, but just have faith & say amen & wait on God. Our relationship with God is double-sided.
God does not reject any prayer. He answers in His own way because He knows what's best for us. He doesn't always answer right away either because it teaches us patience as well as thy will not mine be done.
I feel like its not so much rejecting but just knowing what's best in the long run. I'm sure in a lot of peoples lives if they had received all they had prayed for every single time there would be some things missed out on. I learned this lesson very well this year sometimes our will is not his. we may very well think we know what's best but ultimately he knows. its hard to accept especially in some of life's tough circumstances but its a truth
One reason is at the end of your prayer you must say I ask this in the name of Jesus.Lack of faith.You have to believe with faith that he hears you.John16:23,2 You must be born from above.(born again christian)John 3:3. Spirit knows the Spirit--You must be adopted into Christ to be one of His children. John15 The true vine.Praying in His will is another.
If your prayers are not according to his will - he will reject your prayer -any of our prayers - he will reject if it is not according to his will. - Also in order for God to hear our prayers - we must also meet certain requirements as outlined in the Bible. We must obey his commandments and yet his commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3) Having a relationship with Almighty God is the same process you follow in developing a friendship with anyone here on earth. You must study them, spend time in meditating and getting to know him and his ways.
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He doesnt reject prayers you just have to be patient and trust him if what you pray for doesnt happen it doesnt mean it was rejected it may take time or he has something better in mind for you God knows what he's doing and if what you ask for doesnt happen its cause he knows what is good for you or he is working on it, just trust him. :)
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Last edited at 8:56PM on 2/8/2013
here's how I was taught...God IS there,but he's not there to tie your shoes or chew your gum...God has three answers to prayer, Yes, No, and Maybe...he might "reject" some prayers because he knows that you are able to solve the problem on your own...God is there for Guidance and Comfort but he is NOT your personal servant.
He doesn't reject prayers in may not come out the way that you wanted it to but God is there and He is listening to you when you prayer. Sometimes the answer may come out in a different way or it is just Him saying that He has something better in mind for you. Also it depends on what you ask if it is something silly then that is understandable.
They might have been said with wrong motives or a bad attitude. We should praise and thank God and desire his will at all times. We should also be willing to do what he says. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to pray with thanksgiving, and the Lord will keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. James 4 tells us why he might reject a prayer. We must also repent. Ps. 66:18 tells us that God won't hear our prayer if we have iniquity in our hearts. I John 3:22 tells us we are heard because we are living close to the Lord. James 5:16 tells us that the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.