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7 Reasons Why God is Silent

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5.   He has already answered it in His Word.

If God is silent, ask yourself “Has He already answered this in His word?” The Bible is our manual for life and within it we find the answer to many of our questions. One of the most popular questions is, “Should I live with someone before marrying them?”  There is no need to pray and ask God this, His Word has already answered.

1 Corinthians 7:2 
But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

If you have prayed and God is silent, check and see if He has answered it in the Bible. If He has, there is no reason to ask. His answer will not change. 

   6.   He has, but you didn’t like the answer.

There was a time in my life when I was very unhappy with my job. I prayed and prayed for God to bring me another opportunity and He did on multiple occasions. But with every opportunity He brought me, I had an excuse on why it wasn’t right for me. But the simple truth was; I WAS SCARED! God had answered my prayers and I was too afraid to step into the opportunity. I was miserable were I was, but there was a comfort in that misery. This may be what is happening to you. You’ve asked, He has answered, but you didn’t like the answer. Maybe like me, you are scared or it is not how or what you wanted. God knows you better than you know yourself. He knows your true capabilities, but you have to trust His answer and allow Him to guide you. For me, at that point in my life, I was not spiritually mature enough to fully trust God in the opportunities that He had prepared for me. I knew Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, but I was not mature enough to believe it. 

7.   You may need to fast.

Matthew 17:21
However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting

You might be asking for something that will call for your faith in God to be stretched (as with me in point 6 above). During these times, you will need to fast and ask God to increase your faith in Him.

Reasons to fast:

A.  It draws you closer to God. Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans12-2

B.  It gives you guidance. Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

C.  It strengthens your prayers. Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

D.  Jesus set the example. Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Our relationship with Jesus is a journey, and it is His desire that we grow and mature into the person He has called each of us to be. With any journey, there will be moments of joy and moments of sorrow, times of failing and times of victory, times of strength and times of weakness. The key to remember is IT IS A JOURNEY!

God doesn’t expect perfection, He expects growth. Sometimes His silence is His way of growing us, preparing us to become who He created us to be. Allow Him to work in you and allow the work to be done in you. Don’t give up. Living a life in God’s will is not easy, but it is so much better than anything we could ever hope for.

John 10:10
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

God Bless!!!

Charles

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