One of the toughest questions we ask: Why doesn’t God answer certain prayers, sometimes the ones we want most?
The teaching guide is here, and the points that aren’t in the guide are here:
|God doesn’t answer wisdom and alignment prayers because we lack the faith to act on what we know is right.|
|God doesn’t answer prayers for others because they can say no.|
|God doesn’t answer prayers for favor because it’s not what’s best, it’s not the best timing, or it interferes with his plans.|
|God doesn’t answer prayers to adjust his plans because some parts of his plan are essential.|
Here are a couple of ideas I stressed:
God’s plan often includes our failure.
For God, success is more about his goals—including you learning and growing—than what we consider success.
And here is a quote I accidentally skipped:
God’s answers are wiser than our prayers. — Croft M. Pentz
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