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Why doesn't he answer my prayers or do miracles like he did in the bible?

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Thank you for sharing your experience. Your desire for an authentic faith is indeed to be commended. You are not alone in experiencing a time when what we believe God should do in a situation is different to what actually happens. A common outcome of this situation is that we get frustrated with God and we shake our fist at him because he hasn’t done what we wanted Him to.

Sometimes this situation arises in our lives because we don’t have the right view of God. We see God as someone who primarily exists to meet our needs as we perceive them and not a God who loves us and seeks to meet our needs as He sees them. We look upon God as a "divine vending machine" that when we put a prayer in the slot, so to speak, we get given what we want. In Luke 15:11-32, in the parable of the prodigal son, we find that Jesus told a story of two sons. The younger son saw his father as purely a means to an end. The father had money that he saw as key to enabling him to do the things that he wanted and once he got his hands on the money he went abroad to live his own life away from his father’s watchful eyes. He seemed to have no genuine love for his father; it was all about himself.

The older son was different in that he appears to be very dutiful, doing what his father asked but later on, in an argument over his father’s willingness to forgive the actions of his younger brother, his true colours come to the surface too. He also had been using his father for his own ends but had gone about it a different way. He didn’t care about what his father cared about or loved what his father loved. Jesus told that parable to teach us that God is the patient, gracious, forgiving Father. Yet at the same time the sons are pictures of what we are like, often seeing God as being there solely to use for our own wants and desires.

One day Jesus turned to a crowd that was seeking Him and said “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking Me not because you saw the signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves” (John 6:26). The crowd were after what they could get out of Jesus and not following Him for who He was and trusting themselves to Him. We can be like that crowd.

Also things don’t always go as we plan because God is testing us. If we always got what we wanted then we would end up like spoilt spiritual children. Yet God tests us to measure the genuineness of our trust in Him. It is when things don’t go to plan that a better assessment is made of how much we trust God. The mountain top experiences of our lives are amazing times but most mountain tops are barren places, real growth happens down in the valley where the river of troubles, problems and difficulties meanders through our lives.

When James wrote his New Testament letter he included these inspired words: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4). In the letter to the Hebrews the writer reminds us in chapter 11 that faith was the basis for two things amongst others; firstly to witness the mighty and miraculous but secondly, the motivation for enduring all sorts of trials. Without testing and trials our spiritual life will not be complete, we will not be like our Lord Jesus who Himself endured times of trial and testing.

In summary, if we have been guilty of having a wrong view of God or not appreciating His ways of working in our lives then as we have mentioned already He is a gracious, forgiving, loving, heavenly Father waiting for us to return to Him as the younger son did in the parable. We can do this through His Son Jesus Christ who gave His life for us to make this possible. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Luke 15:11-32
  • Hebrews 11:1-40
  • Matthew 4:1-11

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