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Why Pray to God about a need if He won't anwer?

I am so confused. I have been a christian since 7 years old. I have read my Bible and I've read a couple of times that it says to pray about everything, or you have not because you ask not, or He'll give you the desires of your heart, etc. Im confused because every time i've prayed 9 times out of 10 my prayers have gone unanswered. I prayed diligently that my boyfriend gets a full time job so that we can get married. I gave that situation to God. He didn't get it. I prayed to God to change my own working situation so that can get back into church again (that seems like a will of God type prayer) but no. i always talk to Him but He never talks back. so praying begins to get a little tedious communicating with someone who wont converse back. This situation has been for years. So it makes it difficult for me to pray when 9 times out of 10 He won't respond or He won't answer. I desire to have a deep intimate relationship with God but experiencing these (I hate to say it) Let downs have kind of discouraged me from talking to Him at all. I pray once in awhile or a forced prayer because I know He's not going to respond. I don't have selfish prayers, or at least I don't think so. How can I know what God's will is if He doesn't speak to me or speak to someone for me?? This walk can be very FRUSTRATING!!! Please only real christians who love God respond to this. No atheists, or unbelievers. Bring it on I need the help :) Thank you to everyone who had something positive to add to my problem. it was very encouraging, or at least most were. To the atheist and non believers I did not want your answers because they are irrelevant to me. I am still a christian, i still believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and nothing that you say can change that. That's why I don't your perspective.

Asked By: - 4/15/2011
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Prayer Does Not Work... More
Answered By: Brenda02 - 4/15/2011
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we trust Him and we dk the outcome. He does what is best for our overall learning....THE NEW PARADISE WILL COME.
Answered By: Fireball - 4/15/2011
 
Apparently because it is easier then actually doing something positive. Fireball: dk, did you miss the ic?
Answered By: Tao Man - 4/15/2011
 
If you are expecting a verbal reply, you will be waiting a long time. It does happen, but is low on the conversation scale. God prefers to use other people to answer your prayers. That gives you a hint on what he answers. And also it might take YEARS to answer your prayers because they are not in the matter you... More
Answered By: Light and Truth - 4/15/2011
 
God is there for you, and He always will be! We aren't always going to just be able to hear Him speaking, He speaks through other people, our family, our friends. I have been let down and disappointed so many times in my life, and I'm only 16. I don't have the answer book to all of life's problems, I don't know what... More
Answered By: megs - 4/15/2011
 
They call the Bible His Word, because that is how God speaks to us. If you are waiting for audible proof, remember what Scripture says about the just living by faith, not by sight. I thinks it's safe to assume we aren't supposed to live by audible detection either. If you read the Bible and meditate on God's words, the... More
Answered By: Tim Arnold - 4/15/2011
 
You didn't pray "if it be his will" God owes you nothing, you owe him, So Quit doing bad, turn around and start doing good Study his Word, learn by the examples found there Find someone who REALLY knows about what the Bible Teaches ww.watchtower.org
Answered By: Nancy - 4/15/2011
 
you need to listen more i thought the same thing but then i started listening and god will answer you in some way some times it's hard to no if he is giving you a sine
Answered By: Audrey Digiovanna - 4/15/2011
 
Why is everyone refering to God as some male subject? Im no feminist but this is ridiculous.
Answered By: david - 4/15/2011
 
Well Dionne, First of all you are on the right track. I am a catholic, and I completely understand what you feel like. Sometimes in a christian's life there are time where you feel completely alone, and God is somewhere else. Last summer I kept on praying that I would make a basketball team, and I got rejected by 6... More
Answered By: E-Kool - 4/15/2011
 
Ask the Lord's will and learn to pray for his will to be done. What if God didn't think your bf was the right one for you, but maybe he's rather not tell you just now. Pray like this, Dear Lord, if it would seem good to you, bring my boy friend to the right job and show us your plan for our lives that we may glorify... More
Answered By: Marci Jager - 4/15/2011
 
My husband retired from his job of 30 years to move to a new small town. We were building a new home there and we were certain that he would find a new job right away. It didn't happen. We were down to $1,000.00 in our savings account. We did have other money but, that needed to be saved for our retirement years... More
Answered By: 4HIM- Christians love - 4/15/2011
 
There is no god... More
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Answered By: Gillespie William - 4/15/2011
 
what fun would life be if every single one of your prayers were answered? you would start taking things for granted and lose any motivation. that's like playing a game with all the cheats on, it gets old quick. Personally i believe in a higher power, or a more intelligent being, but i don't believe in the yahweh god... More
Answered By: Brian Zooga - 4/15/2011
 
God always answers. Sometimes He says no. He can't help it if that's not the answer you expect or demand. Sometimes He says wait; watch; this is a test (not for His benefit, but for yours because He already knows the outcome); not now; not in that way, or, will you pray in My will instead of always expecting yours... More
Answered By: c. - 4/15/2011
 
God does not solve our problems. Nor does He triumph over our challenges. I think a question worth asking is: Why would he give them to us in the first place... More
Answered By: Cam - 4/15/2011
 
Why do you attempt to ward off the answers of the non-believers? Are you acknowledging their power... More
Answered By: Guess who's going to Hell? - 4/15/2011
 
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