God, Why Are You Ignoring Me?

Do you ever feel like your prayers are just bouncing off the sky?

It might feel like God is ignoring you when He doesn’t answer your prayers in the way you’re hoping, but the Bible gives insight as to why God may appear to be ignoring you.

Here are 5 possible reasons for God’s silence.

Reason #1: He’s maturing you.

When we become Christians, we are given all we need for spiritual maturity. Peter tells us that “[God’s] divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3). God alone is our resource, and all growth comes by grace through Him, but we are responsible to make the choice to obey. 

The apostle Peter helps us in this area. He says, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5–8). Being effective and fruitful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus is the essence of spiritual maturity.

Reason #2: He’s purifying you. 

God loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way.

Many nonbelievers (and even immature believers) think that an all-loving God should show His love by looking the other way at our sin. After all, isn’t that what we do with others to show our love, tolerance, and acceptance? But that’s not how God operates. And He’s not about to change to conform to this world’s beliefs.

2 Corinthians 7:1 tells us,Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

Sin separates us from God. This does not mean that God will not hear your prayers if you are in sin. If so, how would we ever come to salvation? 

But unconfessed sin will cause God to turn away until we come to repentance. Thankfully, Jesus has made entrance back into God’s presence possible through the finished work on the cross.

He died so that you and I could be reconciled to God. He paid the price for our sins. But we have a part to play in that process. It’s found in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

God longs to be in a relationship with you even more than you do. 

Reason #3: He’s refining you. 

If you ever find yourself in God’s crucible, it’s not only lonely but it can be painful. Much like a refiner will purify precious metals like gold and silver by putting them in the fire, God’s aim is to burn away all of the impurities of your life to purify you. Consider this a spiritual refinement.

God will often use the painful experiences of our lives to refine us and bring us out like gold.

Isaiah 48:10 reassures us that God’s testing is meant to purify you not destroy you.

Even though it feels like you’re being destroyed and God is nowhere to be found.

The common question is, “God where are you?” as though something strange is happening to us. 

I assure you my friend if you are in the furnace of affliction, God is with you. 

Reason #4: He’s growing you. 

You might be praying for a husband, a job you’ve been hoping for, or to win the lottery. Why would God not give you any or all of the three? Because even though you might feel it’s good for you to be married, or to be working in a job you like, or to have more money, God’s opinion might differ. Just because something makes us happy doesn’t mean it’s good for us, eternally. And God has our eternal best in mind. 

In Matthew 7:11 Jesus said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.” 

We want our children to be happy, but not at the expense of their health, and therefore we don’t give them candy at every meal. We want them to hold down a good job, but we won’t do that job for them because learning responsibility and the consequences of a bad decision are more healthy and good for them in the long run. Trust that God, your Heavenly Father, knows what is best for you. And while you may be heartbroken at His “no,” He may very well be sparing you a bigger heartache down the road. 

Does this mean that you give up? By no means. 

Matthew 7:7 reminds us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

I want to encourage you to be persistent. It may feel like God is ignoring you but He’s not.

Reason #5: He testing you.

Don’t confuse tempting (James 1:13) with testing. Scripture is riddled with examples of times of testing. One of my favorites is found in 1 Peter 1:7. 

“So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Every Christian at some point in their walk will be tested. It’s no different than school. You were only promoted after you were able to pass the tests. So what does God test?

He tests your character (Romans 5:3-4).

He tests your faithfulness (1 Peter 5:10).

He tests your faith (James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-7)

He tests your endurance (James 1:12)

He tests your obedience (1 Peter 4:12-19)

One of the greatest tests that we see in scripture is found in Genesis 22 where Abraham is asked to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar. Isaac was the long-awaited promise to Abraham and Sarah. They were overjoyed but now are being asked to kill him. He knew in his heart that God would provide a way. He went so far as to draw the knife to slay his son when the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven and said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.

If you are looking to grow in God, you’d better believe there will be times of testing. They are meant for your promotion. And remember, the teacher is always silent during the test. 

If you think God might be testing you, check out this video right here for the 5 Signs God is Testing You.

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