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7 Reasons Why God is Silent

by Charles G. Moore

Over the past several weeks, many people have contacted me asking why God is silent. “Why is He not answering my prayers?” Since this question seems to be on the hearts of many believers, I thought I would share what God put on my heart. Although there are several reasons for unanswered prayers, below are 7 that God led me to share with you.

It’s not God’s will for you.

If God is not answering your prayers, you may be asking for something God does not want for you.

1 John 5:14
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

God wants to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4), but He cannot give you something that goes against His own desires for you. He has a plan to “prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11), but only in accordance to His plan for you.

     2.   He is preparing you.

You may be asking God for something that you are not prepared for. He wants to say “yes” and is going to, but He knows you are not prepared for the enormity of it. You see, God doesn’t want to limit His blessing to just what you are asking for, He wants to bless you in ways that you are not capable of imagining.

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.


God thinks bigger, He is not limited to an earthly mind and He wants to answer your prayers in a BIG way and for that to happen, you have to go through a time of preparation.

    3.   He wants you to trust Him.

This is one I know all too well! I ask God for something and then instead of waiting on Him, I go out and try to make it happen on my own. We have established that God wants to bless us and answer our prayers, but in order for Him to do that, we MUST TRUST Him! As I mentioned above, sometimes our prayers take time to answer and we have to trust Him to lead us. We cannot get out in front of God and try to lead Him; it doesn’t work that way. 

Psalm 62:5-12 
My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 9 Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor. 10 Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them. 11 God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.


4.    It may hurt you.

God is the ultimate Dad. He loves you far too much to give you something that will hurt you. One of the questions I am asked the most is “is this man/woman right for me?” That question is usually followed by stories of infidelity or abuse. God is never going to say, “Yes, you should marry a person who cheats on you or abuses you.” You are His creation, made in His image and He will not answer prayers that will ultimately do you harm.

Psalm 121:7 
The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life;

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