Summary: This sermon helps us understand why God doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we desired.

Sometimes God Chooses To Give Us Something Else

2 Corinthians 12: 1-9

[1] It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

[2] I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

[3] And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

[4] How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

[5] Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. [6] For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

[7] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

[8] For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

[9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Let me tell you the story of Sharon Janes.

Sharon was raised in a Christian home in the city of Pittsburgh.

Her favorite TV program was Lassie.

She loved dogs and she wanted to have a dog like Lassie.

She started praying for the Lord to give her a dog.

And as Sharon prayed, she wondered:

“God, how are you going to answer my prayer?”

In today’s message…

I want to look at the ways God answers our prayers.

Did you know God does not listen

to the prayers of unsaved people?

Proverbs 15:29 says:

The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Psalm 18:40-41 says:

[41] Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

[41] They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.

Isaiah 1: 10, 15 says:

[10]Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

[15]And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Isaiah 59: 1-2 says;

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: [2] But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Jeremiah 11:11 says:

Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

Micah 3:4 says:

Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

John 9:31 says:

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

However, God does listen to unsaved people…

when they repent….and ask to be saved.

Isaiah 55: 6-7 says:

[6] Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: [7] Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Psalm 145:19 says:

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Did you know?

God does not hear the prayer of Christians…

Who are living in disobedience to Him.

Psalm 66:18 says:

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

But God always hears the prayer of the repentant Christian.

Psalm 40: 1 says:

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry."

Point #1

Sometimes God Answers Our Prayers

By Saying “Yes”.

The Bible tells us about an old couple…Zacharias & Elizabeth.

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