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.
Isaiah 59:1-2 (King James Version)
Why does it seem that when we pray to the Lord, He does not always respond? People often confuse this silence from God as indifference towards them. We assume that the Almighty does not care about our problems or worse still, we believe that He does not have the power or the means to save us from the troubles we are in.
Both of these assumptions are false because they go against what is the nature of God. In Isaiah 59:1, we learn that the King of Kings is not weak. Would you think a being who created the heavens and the earth to be weak? If God is powerful enough to create the entire universe out of nothing, He surely has the power to deliver us from all the dangers that we face.
We also learn from Isaiah that the Lord always hears the prayers of His people. There is never a time when the Almighty is caught napping or distracted by other things; He always has time to listen to our prayers. He does so because He loves us and He longs to provide us with everything that we need. All that we need to do is ask Him and He will respond.
If all this is true, why are there times that it seems that God is ignoring our prayers? In Isaiah 59:2, we discover that the problem is not with the Lord, but with us. When we allow ourselves to be manipulated by sin, we become infected by its stain. Since God is holy and perfect, He cannot stand to see the sin stain in us, and so He keeps His distance from us. As long as we allow sin in our lives, we become cut off from God and such a thing is horrible indeed.
Now the Lord knew that it was impossible for us to abandon sin on our own because it is embedded deep within us. That is why He made the first move to reestablishing our relationship with Him. He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross, thereby removing the blemish of sin that is in us. All we need to do is accept this sacrifice of Christ and confess the sin that is in us, and our relationship with God will be restored.
Now, I need to make one thing clear. Sin is not always the reason for His silence. Another reason for God to not answer is that He wants to test your faith. He wants to see how much you trust Him to provide and if you are willing to wait on His answer. During those times of testing, it is important to keep on praying and never stop believing that the Almighty will meet your needs.
Do you have any unconfessed sin in your life? If so, it is time for for you to bring them into the Light of Christ and confess them. If you are not sure if you have an unconfessed sin, for we do have a tendency to be dense in matter of the spirit, ask the Lord and sure enough, He will make it known to you. Once you confess, the Almighty will accept you and will protect you and provide for your every need. Never underestimate the power of confession.