Improve your sermon prep with our brand new study tools! Learn all about them here.
Sermons

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

  Study Tools

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.


Browse All Media

Related Media


Hannah
Billions of Reasons
Video Illustration
God Of The Broken
Dan Stevers
Video Illustration
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion