Why doesn't God answer some of our prayers?

There are many conditions on getting your prayers answered. God will not answer prayer that is against His will or His laws. You cannot ask God for the sun to turn cold, nor can you ask for something rolling off the table to float or fall upward. Even Jesus didn't get everything he wanted. On the night before He died He prayed, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me" (Matt. 26:39). God may also not answer your prayer because you ask God to take away things that He doesn't want removed. As an illustration, God promises trouble to every person (Job 5:7), so we should pray for wisdom in the midst of our troubles for how to solve them or live with them (James 1:5). God may not answer you prayer to take away your troubles because there are other lessons to be learned. Sometimes you don't get your prayers answered because you quit praying too soon. Perhaps God began answering your prayer, but you did not continue asking, so you did not get the answer. Other times they don't get answered because we don't have faith (Mark 11:24). Sometimes we don't ask in Jesus' name (John 14:14), don't abide in the Word of God (John 15:7), or don't pray according to His will (1 John 5:14-15). -Elmer Towns