If someone says to you, "I tried praying and God didn't give me what I asked for" ... What would you say to them? What scriptural references would you use in this situation? Help would be appreciated :-)
I have to mostly agree with silent, If God created this universe simply in a milisecond with one great act, what would happen if God was too powerful to stop or directly influence things? Not only would it destroy snowboarders life as an athiest, But it would do something that has happened for me. It would remove faith. Faith is not a luxury for all people, and when knowledge is had, freedom diminishes. Freedom of choice is what God is about, In fact, freedom of all things. You would no longer believe, you would know and until you ready to know, well.. How many people are really ready to KNOW that God IS? Maybe this person is testing you? Maybe this person did not have the faith to trust?
But on that. If you want to know there is a way to ask, but in this tHe question is, and Silent is right, not all prayers are answered. Ask.. KNOW for certain that you will get it. COMPLETELY trust your unknown creator. Forget about it. <-- thats the cosmic hard part. This is called total trust. You have closed your eyes, opened your arms and fallen back knowing that the one that made you will catch you. (No Mr. Athiest the laws of physics make ths impossible, we are talking about REAL God not the one that you denounce to suite your own mental wellness).
But prepare this question.. How would your life be if you KNEW God WAS? If you DID have proof? If in time you knew for sure? If whenever someone genuine cried for help you HAD to answer them? Are you ready for that kind of stress for yourself?
Are you ready to know for sure?
I would tell him first of all...
Ecc 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
We always assume that God gives us all we ask for. Yes but there are certain conditions we need to meet.
Psa 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psa 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Pro 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
We first of all need to become righteous. We do that accepting Jesus into our lives an letting the Holy Spirit guide our lives.
Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
If there is a God, He cant answer everyones prayers, for a start it would probably impossible: A horrible murderer could pray that there would be another world war, while a nice person would pray for world peace, they'd contridict each other. And if God answered everyones prayers it would be quite obvious that God exists, therefore people would take advantage of the fact that they would get whatever they pray for... If they want their pray to be answered they must be truely christian, you know; go to church every sunday and worship God, Never say God's name in vain, Repent their sins, The whole shabang. Answering prayers isnt something that just happens. Hope I've helped. xx
Eather they didnt do anything to help. I mean if you never work for anything how will you see its true value and to be thankful. Or they dont deserve it. Try harder and do something for it. Like you want to pass a test then study just dont hope to get a good mark.
just say that its not that the person doen's deserve what they asked for but god knows whats best for you and if he thought it was best for you to have that 1 thing you wanted you would have it but then u'd just go of wanting something else hope I helped =]
**If someone says to you, "I tried praying and god didn't give me **
I'd tell them to start dealing with their problems themselves.
God does not give things, God gives opportunities. It is you who can turn those opportunities into victory...
I would tell them that nobody is there to answer those prayers.