Why Does God answer prayers in three ways. Yes, No, and Not Yet. Even though all three of those answers sounds like very simple answers, the way God answers your prayers can have a very in depth meaning on how to go about your prayer life.
Understanding why God answers prayers in three ways will help you understand the answer that you are getting and alleviate any frustrations that you are feeling toward God because you feel like He is not answering your prayer fast enough or the way you want Him to answer your prayers.
The great thing about being a Christian is that you have the Holy Spirit (click here for more about the Holy Spirit) and the main purpose of the Holy Spirit is to serve as a communicator between you and God.
With that being said, if you are wondering why God is answering or not answering your prayers all you have to do is go to Him directly and He will just tell you flat out. You can also read my blog here on how to talk to God.
Now Let’s Get Into Why Does God answer prayers in three ways
Why Does God answer prayers in three ways ~ #1 Yes
Of course this is the best type of answer to prayers that we want to get. We pray for something and then we see a results. It is more likely to get a yes to your prayer when you are praying from a pure heart and an unselfish prayers (click here to see my blog on praying prayers that get answered). It is also more likely to get a yes to your prayers when you fast.
Fasting is such a big deal and whenever someone wants to get an answer to a prayer faster and they want the answer to their prayer to be yes. I already have a blog on how to spiritually fast (click here to see my blog on spiritual fasting) as well as the benefits of fasting (click to see my blog here) so I won’t go into it too much. But if you want a yes to your prayers then fasting can be a way to go.
Praying for what God wants you to pray for will also get you a yes. Once again that comes from listening to the Holy Spirit.
Take Mark 14:36 (NIV)
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
This is where Jesus prayed not to be crucified. Even though He did not want to die, Jesus said that God’s will shall be done over His own meaning that His prayer was answered, even though it is not what Jesus wanted. His prayer was answered because He prayed for God’s will to be done over his own. Now I am not saying that I want you to sit and die a horrific death. But this proves that your prayers can be what God wants and not what you want. And as long as you are in tune with God and praying for what God wants for you then He will give you a Yes.
Why Does God answer prayers in three ways ~ #2 No
There were so many times that I prayed and prayed with a good heart but the answer to my prayer was no. God answered no when a baby died in my family (click here to read the blog on that). There are some prayers that I can clearly see why God answered no.
Often times when God’s answer to your prayer is no, you do not understand why. But later on down the line you will see why God answered no. Some of the common reason’s why God answers no to your prayers is because they come from a selfish or a negative place.
This should go without saying but you cannot pray for someone to be harmed, someone to die, pray out of a place of anger, or pray for the man you are seeing to leave his wife. These things are not of God and God is not going to honor these prayers that come from the works of the flesh (click here to read my blog on that). God is always going to say no to prayers that come from a place of your own selfish desires and it does not really glorify Him or His kingdom is anyway. Especially if you are praying for something bad to happen to someone else.
The second reason is why God is telling us no is because our sin is getting into your own way from Him answering our prayers.
If you look at Psalm 66: 17-18 It says
“I cried out to him for help, and I praised him. If I had been hiding sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened to me.”
Here you can clearly see that God answered the prayer because they praised God and cried out for help but if you are sinful and going out and doing what you want to do, then don’t expect God to be your magic genie and answer your prayers.
God is requiring you to do your part so that He can do his part. This can go also for waiting or a relationship, promotion, or even a purpose. You can pray for a promotion and not even be doing a good job at work. God is not going to give it to you because you are not doing your part and you have not proven yourself worthy or a promotion. So why would He reward your laziness? That is a prayer that is not going to be answered.
The last most common reason why God says is no is because what you think you want is really not for you and God answering your prayers will probably destroy you. You can be praying for a specific job and God knows that if you take that job the company is going to go out of business within a year leaving you jobless. You can be praying for a specific man but God may know that if you marry that man you will be unhappy.
So just know that if God says no to your prayers then it is for your own good and you need TRUST that. You may not see why He said no right away, you may not see why he said no 10 years from now, and you may never see why He said no. But that is where the element of trust and faith comes in. Knowing that God is not going to do anything to hurt you and He is always going to act in your best interest.
Why Does God answer prayers in three ways ~ #3 Not Yet
When God answers your prayers in the not yet format He is essentially telling you to wait. It can be hard to hear the not yet answer because you may not be sure if God’s answer is a not yet or a flat out no. But once again that is why it is so important to be in tune with the Holy Spirit so you can differentiate when God is telling you No to your prayers and telling you to wait.
A common reason for the not yet answer is because you are not ready. You can be praying for a husband and God can be telling you not yet. He can be telling you not yet because you are not ready to be wife, there may be things He wants you to do as a single, or you may not be in the position that God wants you to be in yet to meet the your husband.
With the not yet answer it can conditional or unconditional and only you can figure out which one is which.
The conditional no yet answer means that there is something that must be done on your part in order to get an answer to your prayer. Maybe you need to work harder, develop a better work ethic, improve your faith, or something else before you are ready for God to answer your prayer. The conditional part is that the answer of the prayer really depends upon you.
If you do your part then God will answer your prayer. If you do not do your part then the answer to your prayer will be a no. Let’s go back to that person praying for a promotion and they are lazy. To continue in laziness at the job then God is not going to reward that and as long as the person is lazy they will never get a promotion. Resulting in a no as an answer to their prayer. If the person gets it together and gets a better work ethic, then God will answer their prayer once they do what they are supposed to do. That is how a conditional “not yet” works. It is dependent upon what you choose to do to get your prayer answered.
An unconditional not yet answer to a prayer means that it is going to happen regardless but the time in which you are praying for it may not be the right time. This is when you have done all you can do and you know that God wants to answer your prayers but it may not be the right season or the people that God has called to help you may not be in the right place yet. It could also mean that your prayers are just held up.
When you read Daniel 10:11-13
“Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.’”
All this is saying that when Daniel prayed God released an angel out right way to answer Daniel’s prayers, but then the devil delayed the angel and kept the angel from answering Daniel’s prayers right way. And it took 20 days. For you it may not take 20 days, it may take months, it may even takes years AND it may not be your fault. It is possible that the answer to your prayer is delayed because there are forces out there that are delaying them. In this case keep the faith, keep believing, and pray without ceasing knowing that the answer to your prayer is coming.
So why does God answer prayers in three ways? Through reading this post I hope you get that the take away is that God knows your prayers and He is going to answer them according to His purpose. And more than anything if you are wondering which type of prayer that you are in. Simply ask God and He will tell you. And if you feel like He is not telling you then you need to grow your relationship with God because He is always speaking but your ability to hear His voice needs to be stronger.