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
 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
 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.
 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.  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.
 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.
 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
 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:
 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
Isaiah 1: 10, 15 says:
Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
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:  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:
 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  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."
Sometimes God Answers Our Prayers
By Saying “Yes”.
The Bible tells us about an old couple…Zacharias & Elizabeth.