How Do You Know the Answer To Your Prayer Is No?

Jesus-the-Grain-Field-350-webby Rex Rouis

The other day, we were having a conversation about faith, prayer, and the things of God. During the discussion, one person made the following statement, “Sometimes God says no to our prayers.” I think they were trying to bring a measure of ‘balance’ to our talk of faith, and to remind us that God is sovereign and He has a will. The popular phrase usually goes like this, “God answers all prayer, sometimes yes and sometimes no.”

This made me think – ‘How do people know that the answer is no?’ How is it conveyed? Do they actually hear God say, “No?” I think not. Does He speak to their heart by a conviction or an inner witness that His will is otherwise? Again, no. What they mean is this – the answer did not come. They prayed and did not receive, so they assumed the answer was no.

It makes sense. We all know that God is not going to give us everything we pray for. Some things He answers yes, and to these we receive the answer, and to some things, He says no and nothing happens. I get it, it sounds good, except that it is not what the Bible says.

Nowhere does the Bible actually say that God answers prayer. People look at prayer and faith as being the same. They are not. There is a world of difference between the two. You can pray in faith and you can pray while not in faith. In other words, there is believing prayer and there is unbelieving prayer. The Bible says:

Therefore I say unto you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24 NASB

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24 KJV

The Bible says that ALL believing prayer WILL receive the believed result. It also implies that unbelieving prayer MAY NOT receive. There is always hope in God’s mercy.

So, God does answer all prayer, sometimes yes and sometimes no. Except that, you should know if He is going to answer your prayer when you pray and not later when you receive or don’t receive. What determines the answer is our believing. To the faith-filled believing prayer, God says, ‘Yes’ – all believing prayer, always. To the doubt filled unbelieving prayer, God says, ‘No.’ God responds to faith, and only to faith. He does not respond to needs or pain. If He did, He would be doing a terrible job as God, for the world is filled with needs and pain.

Nowhere does the Bible actually say that God answers prayer.
But You say, “What if you are believing for something that is not God’s will?” Great question; I believe that is impossible because faith and believing is based on the will of God. If the thing is not the will of God, then there is no way to actually have Bible faith for it. Faith, true Bible faith, is based on two things, first the promises in the word of God (God’s written will), and secondly, the spoken word (God’s personal confirmation) from Christ to us that creates the faith in our heart. Faith comes from God, so it is impossible to have it apart from the will of God. We may think that we are believing for it but in reality it is just mental ascent, a type of hope.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ. Romans 10:17

The purpose of faith to bring the already sanctioned will of God into this world  – (through faith) thy will be done on earth as it is (already) in Heaven. It is our job to know the general will of God through the promises of God, and His specific will through His spoken word to us. Bible promises tell us what we can have (hope), and His spoken word tells us what we do have (faith). You don’t receive His word of faith until you have met the conditions of the promise. Once you have faith, you have the ‘sub-stance’ (reality) of the hope.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not (yet) seen. Hebrews 11:1

Jesus expected those around Him to have faith before they received, and it is the same today. He expects us to pray in faith. Faith is the deciding factor. Study the Word of God and read the articles on this site to learn how to receive faith, release faith, and walk in faith. The Bible says that OUR faith overcomes the world.

Faith comes from God, so it is impossible to have it apart from the will of God.

Comments

  1. Jesus lived before God and man successfully because He never exercised His own “Will”. He had a will, but He turned that will over to His Father to “only” do the Fathers will who sent Him.
    God didn’t create man for man, He created man for Himself, to love and worship Him “exclusively”. To get all their pleasure from walking with God and knowing Him.
    All mans problems stem from their own “wills” being exercised instead of God’s . In Genesis 6:6 AMP “The Lord regretted that He had made mankind on the earth, and He was [deeply] grieved in His heart”. Man has never been satisfied with God alone.
    I have grieved God’s heart almost my entire 40 years of being a Christian, because I wanted my “own will” more than His most of the time. All it has brought me is sorrow, regret and dullness.
    Most Christians have made Jesus Savior, but very seldom Lord. Most Christians want heaven, but also everything their heart desires that this life now offers as they look around in the World. (1 John. 2:15)

  2. I believe in GOD I’ve prayed ask GOD for help .
    I learned at a young age that my understanding of GOD was different then I thought. I thought if you prayed GOD would help, it doesn’t work like that. But I wished it did, I wish it was as simple as a pray to fix what’s wrong,
    You hear GOD only gives you what you can handle, Yes that true but you have to handle it no one else can for you.
    The prayers I’ve asked for,the answers is always be no, asking for miracles from heaven.
    I’m a good person and I believe GOD loves me and you. It’s been anything from a easy life with emotional and physical trauma. And at times I wish I was never born, pain does funny things to you.
    The physical goes away if your lucky, but the emotional last a life time,
    My only pray now is when my life is over that it changes, I won’t stop trying while I’m here,
    GOD if you here my prayers there are people just like me in this world, please say yes to some even if it’s not me, I was once a 7 year old boy praying my father not to go. I needed my father, his death changed my life. Please give my prayers to a child like me, life shouldn’t be this hard for some.
    I’ve had over 45 years suffering, from the skin grafts to now the amputation to a brothers suicide.
    Are prayer are important, we need them just to keep going.

    1. Rich, I will certainly be praying for you. I’d like for you to know that my heart goes out to you and the courage you’ve displayed in all that you’ve had to deal with in your life. May God richly bless you for reminding all of us that we have so much to be grateful for that we take for granted. Blessings upon blessings upon you. You’re an inspiration to us all. Thank you. A sister in Christ.

    2. Hi Rich I,
      I felt the need to respond to you even though you wrote this a while back. I landed on this site while I was searching for answers because of my own pain and despair. I do not like seeing people in pain, be it strangers or family. I am sure God does not want us to be broken and in pain like this either.
      I pray that He blesses you exceedingly abundantly for, instead of praying for your own rescue, you prayed for others( His children). I believe this is what God desires, for us to love and care for each other. I pray that your luck changes for the better in every aspect of your life and that your relationship with Him will get to a much deeper level. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

  3. I just want to add that Paul prayed 3 times for his affliction to be lifted but God said no.

    1. That was God’s response to Paul for a specific situation. Thus it is not wise to try to create a theology based on someones’s encounter with God. Paul’s encounter is not the same as praying for healing, raising the dead, casting out demons. If we have faith, God’s answer will always be yes.

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        Brian – I agree. We can compare our prayer life to Paul only when we start to visit Heaven on a regular basis like him. We love you all. Rex

  4. You wrote that the Bible says all believing prayer will be answered with the believed result. What if God doesn’t want you to have what you prayed for because it’s not part of His plan? What if the answer to the prayer comes 1, 10, 40 years later or never in our lifetime? It’s the waiting that is difficult for us because we may wonder if we simply were not believing enough. My faith says He knows my needs, He will answer in His own way and time, because His grace is sufficient for me and He knows my needs most intimately. Still, I’m having a hard time understanding how believing prayer will ALWAYS be answered with the believed result when the answer can sometimes be the opposite of what we ask for. Guess I need more understanding in this area.

    1. Yes, these are the same issues that I’m dealing with. This teaching had expanded my idea of faith, but I still haven’t been blessed with another baby.

      1. Well said. You said exactly what I was thinking. We know God’s timing is not our timing. If we do ask for something, not outlandish like a million dollars or something contrary to his word, and we pray faithfully and believe it is done and it never comes is it 1)Not in his will 2) Did he say no 3) Is he still waiting on us to do something else to answer this prayer. I need more understanding as well. My faith tells me to pray and give it to God and before you know it .. it is done but does it ever come?

    2. It is possible that we do not know the true will of God. If we are praying for riches, yes it is possible to pray out of God’s will. But, if we are praying to do what Jesus did, then that will always be God’s will. Concerning delay, Daniel 10 – Daniel prayed to God and on the 24th day, he had an encounter with a spokesman who had been delayed. This spokesman had a message from God for Daniel. I feel it is important to “know” the will of God and not wonder if it is God’s will or not.

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      Ceebee – Here is what you are missing – you can only truly ‘believe’ if you are in the will of God and He speaks it to your heart. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word (Rhema = personal spoken word, not written word) of Christ – Romans 10:17. Faith is the noun form and believe is the verb form of the same Greek word.

      We throw the word ‘believe’ around like it is water but in fact, it only comes from God and only within the will of God. Faith is a given grace, given when you meet the conditions of the specific promise of God. Hebrews 11:1 says that, ‘Faith is the substance (foundation, reality, title deed) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not (yet) seen.’ Faith is the spiritual ownership documentation used to meet the requirements of God’s bar, and it is what we stand upon until we receive the actual possesion of what He has already granted us in the spirit.

      We are to seek God and His word to find and implement the will of God. As one teacher has said, “Faith begins when the will of God is found.” We love you all. Rex

  5. If you have faith as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain remove hence to yonder place and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible to you Matt 17:20 in proper context the disciples had just failed to cast out a demon. Jesus said it was because of their unbelief. Maybe you’ve still got mustard seed faith which is different from unbelief. Maybe just a little but it’s enough

  6. We have to understand that God is the beginning and the ending. He knows all things before they exist or happen, for He is the Creator. I have learned that sometimes when we pray and it seem as if God is not answering our prayers He really is even if it doesn’t go or happen the way we want it to. He knows what’s best for us. Jeremiah 29:11 . Faith comes when we really truly TRUST GOD in EVERY AREA of our lives. He’s a God of love. He will not do anything to harm His children. Continue to pray, fast, study the word and fellowship with other true believers and watch God move on your behalf. He will step in right on time and reveal those things that we so wanted/ needed/ desire as to why He said yes and other times why He was just silent.

    1. Hi all
      I would like to consult on about 2 issues .

      I have been praying for a job opening ? I was unhappy with my current job environment which I felt is toxic . How do I know if it is God’s will for me to leave , and if I have a job offer , how do I decipher if that is God’s will for me to accept ? Is there guiding principle on finding and accepting a job in the bible ?

      Also I have been praying for a life partner ? How I do I know if it is within God’s promise that I would be blessed with a wife?

      Would appreciate that if you could advise , please email me
      andrew_lee _ mun@yahoo.com.sg

      Thanks in advance

  7. God does respond to the need / pain in prayer! The Bible tells us He reign on the just as well as the unjust. He has no respect of person.

    He know what we have need of. The unbeliever can ask amist not believing, but God just like Sarah she chuckle at the thought of having a baby at her age.

    I get where you’re coming from, but we as people of God have to be careful how we breakdown the word of God. So many souls to be save and many babes in Christ.

  8. God is the giver of children. If your faith has been tested for years, you can’t afford to let go now. God sees the conditions about your desire. I prophecy to you, “This time next year, your story will change”. Amen!

    1. Hi Kolade, in your response I felt your anointing, and I would love to be in contact with you. If you would or could please contact me at Keyshia7@aol.com , I would greatly appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.

      Blessings to you!

    2. Kolade,

      I have been praying for a second child for 9 years. My wife and I suffered through two miscarriages and we’re in our 50s now.

      If anything is revealed to you about my situation, please let me know.

  9. It does say several places in the bible God does answer prayer….you need to research it better before making a comment God does not …

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      Sorry, God answers faith not prayer itself. Everyone may pray but only the believers receive. Jesus was clear about this – “Your faith has made you whole.”

      1. I’ve been working on that. Praying, yes, but affirming my faith as well. Meditating on the woman in Matthew 9:20 made whole by touching Jesus’s garment. The Roman centurion in Matthew 8:5 who had faith his servant would be cured. The leper in Luke 5:12 who said if Jesus was willing, he could heal him. That was faith, not prayer, right?

        I know God can give us another child, somehow, at some time. If he is willing. Shortly after this my wife came down with symptoms that may or may not be menopause. Test of faith?

    2. Hi. Faith comes from God. Vould you please clarify such statement for me i am at a low point in my life and my faith has taken a hard beating so if faith comes from God and my faith is a low whst does that mean has God written me off ? How does one get rite with God
      Tx
      Mark

      1. I’m struggling with it too. See my post above. Prayer is necessary and good. But faith is what moves mountains. The woman who touched Jesus’s robe. The centurion who knew his servant would be healed even if Jesus never entered his house. The leper who knew he would be cleansed if the Lord was willing.

        Paul said by faith we are saved. It doesn’t make things easier, just more clear. But it ‘s difficult. I can pray all day long, but if I don’t have faith, what good is it? It’s so hard, I despair sometimes. But when I go to bed, I have faith that I’ll wake up the next morning. When I get in a plane, I have faith that I’ll land safely.

        But when it comes to God and the desires of my heart, when I’ve been desiring something for 9 years, man that’s hard.

        But don’t give up on God. He never gives up on you. He hasn’t written you off.

        A good book that put things in perspective for me is “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller. An easy read and it really helped me recover the heart of Christian faith.

      2. Faith come by TRUSTING GOD. the Bible clearly say in
        Mark 9:24 King James Version (KJV)
        24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

        Repentance is the only way to get right with God. Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
        6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
        Surrender your being your will to His will. God has not forgotten about you this is only a test trial that comes to make you stronger. If we as children of God never go through anything how can we have a testimony! God loves you. Now love yourself shake the dust and keep moving forward in Christ Jesus. weeping endure for a night but JOY comes in the morning. Keep seeking God and ask Him to give you a personal understanding of His word..

      3. Hi Mark, I just sensed your desperation and thought I would offer some comfort but I am no expert on these issues.
        God says we have all been given a measure of faith “Romans 12 verse 3”. However I believe it is our duty to grow/maintain our faith. We do that by studying the word of God and standing on his promises (no matter what our circumstances look like) and constantly bringing to mind what God has done for us and thanking Him for it. This will help you to always be focused on God (his grace and strength) and not your circumstances. In essence, you can never be without faith or with little faith, but you can shift the focus of your faith. When you say your faith has taken a knock I think what has actually happened is that the enemy has succeeded in shifting your focus; such that you have faith in what you can see and feel with your senses than what God has said. The devil always tempts us to look at “facts ” and believe that over what God says. Say like David (in Psalm 121) “I lift my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord”
        While others trust in their connections, their abilities and their circumstances, as Christians (Children of the Most High God) we are called to trust solely on our Father, everything we have we have because of God’s grace, and He will continue to come through and to provide, so no matter your circumstances they don’t determine your destiny, our Father in Heaven does. Take heart

        1. Hi, thanx for your reply i appreciate .Reading the word of God i cant do thst anymore they say its the living word how ? I want to know God as He is not the God of pages in a book what i read in the bible is not what i experiance in life One can only represent God (if that it the correct word) God as one experiances Him i know God is creator and Jesus His son defeated death on the cross for me But whats after that . I have been to demon busters repented and confessed my sin but nothing changes .why ? The story of job in the bible . God threw job under the bus if God dident bring job to satans attention job would not have not sufferd as much in life .is that what God has done to my family i lost both parents and my two brothers its only my sister and me left but the drama never ends Gods promisis huh ! Ts&cs apply God created me for a reason and no amount of praying fasting crying begging has ever gotten me an answer even if i ask for His will there just no going forward possitive thinking dont help when u surrounded by negitve its just wishful thinking if God is the same as the God in the bible why wont he talk to me . Meet me where i am spiritually His arm not to short says the word seek me with all your hart and u will find me if God does not Hi, thanx for your reply i appreciate .Reading the word of God i cant do thst anymore they say its the living word how ? I want to know God as He is not the God of pages in a book what i read in the bible is not what i experiance in life One can only represent God (if that it the correct word) God as one experiances Him i know God is creator and Jesus His son defeated death on the cross for me But whats after that . I have been to demon busters repented and confessed my sin but nothing changes .why ? The story of job in the bible . God threw job under the bus if God dident bring job to satans attention job would not have not sufferd as much in life .is that what God has done to my family i lost both parents and my two brothers its only my sister and me left but the drama never ends Gods promisis huh ! Ts&cs apply God created me for a reason and no amount of praying fasting crying begging has ever gotten me an answer even if i ask for His will there just no going forward possitive thinking dont help when u surrounded by negitve its just wishful thinking if God is the same as the God in the bible why wont he talk to me . Meet me where i am spiritually His arm not to short says the word seek me with all your hart and u will find me if God does not intervien in my life as i have asked 1000 times then i am so scared i am going to hell RegardsMark
          Sent from my Samsung device. intervien in my life as i have asked 1000 times then i am so scared i am going to hell RegardsMark
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          1. HI Mark,
            Praying for you at this moment…that our Father will to ‘speak’ to you in a way that you will ‘hear’ or give you discernment that He hears you amidst the suffering. In my original post here, I expressed the pain and the hopelessness that even Christians feel at times…we are all broken in this broken world. I do NOT believe for one moment that if a Christian does not actually ‘hear’ the voice of God or experience a subsiding in their great pain, that they are not faithful enough or worthy enough or maybe SAVED enough. Bull-poop. As you mentioned in your last post, Job suffered greatly and he too believed that God was ignoring him. He cries out, “He [God] throws me into the mud and I am reduced to dust and ashes. I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer;
            I stand up, but you merely look at me.” Job 30:19-20
            There is a wonderful piece I found by Jessica Wicks called ‘When God Seems Silent’. I will summarize it here for you but I have begun to follow this sister’s lead when I do not ‘hear’ God’s voice.. I’m still learning too, so here goes:
            *do I have any unconfessed sin or wrong motives in my heart? Anything that comes to mind, I immediately ask forgiveness
            *am I fully accepting God’s Sovereignty at this moment? God CAN be silent since He has no obligation to answer us or give us the heads up on anything. Accepting His Sovereignty means actively trusting God in the good AND bad (“Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” Job asked (Job 2:10)). Know that nothing happens apart from God’s knowledge and plan . Said Job (13:15), “Though He slay me,” says Job, “I will hope in Him”
            *do I ‘listen’ to God even when He is silent? Even though we may hear what we describe as silence, God is in constant communication with us. While reading Scripture, ask God to ‘speak’ to you through the Holy Spirit–often, verses can have new significance in light of current problems you are facing
            *recognize that silence can be intimate. When you cannot ‘hear’ God, Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest says, “you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible — with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation.” For Job, God’s silence was also a result of the depth of their relationship.
            *do you refuse to give up and keep on talking to God? Just because God seems silent doesn’t mean you should doubt Him or stop praying. God’s silence is an invitation to press forward and seek Him even more diligently. The psalmist David models crying out to God, “”Oh my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest” (Psalm 22:2). Forepages of the Book of Job, God is silent. But in chapter 38, God answers — and questions Job. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” and then, “Tell Me, if you have understanding” (38:4). God is in control and has been all along. He heard Job’s cries for help. And in trust WITH Job, He waited for the perfect time to speak.
            Are you attending a church for corporate worship, a church with sound doctrine? Have you considered finding a Christian mentor to help you to continue to grow in Christ, especially during these dark times? It’s pivotal that you are surrounded by strong believers right now. Although people are (obvi) NOT perfect and can say the wrong things sometimes, a brother or sister in Christ can walks alongside you during this difficult journey. Their support and encouragement will be the wind beneath our worldly wings.
            Brother Mark, if you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ, you can be assured of God’s promises and you my man, are SAVED. Never doubt that! And yes, you most certainly can be saved even IF you never hear the audible voice of God. God bless you and keep you!

  10. Evan. Have you considered adoption. I am an adoptive mother. All children are Gods children and many orphan children need loving homes and parents. I see no difference in my adopted child verses my biological child.. what a gift she is everyday. Pray on your calling to be a parent How you become one should make no difference. All children belong to God after all. Blessings

    1. Tracie,

      Yes, we have considered adoption. And I would be willing to go that way if God leads me that way. However, in California, the foster care system requires you to basically turn your life over to the state. You’re not really a parent, you’re functionary of the state.

      There’s no allowance for discipline. If you even breathe too hard on that child will come down on you like a ton of bricks. On the other hand, private adoption is very expensive and I’d be willing to do it, but we just don’t have the means.

  11. I have been divorced for 20 years and believing God for a soulmate. I didn’t date for 15 of those 20 years. I have had relationships with counterfeits. Is God telling me no to a relationship with someone or just to still wait for Him to bring that person into my life?

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      Susan – I have no answers except to say that God wants you fulfilled and happy. Seek Him openly and deeply. Talk to Him like He is your best friend. Delight yourself in Him and He WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART. Let Him be a God to you and do what a loving God would do. Seek Him till it hurts and be willing to change. You will find out that He is already at work on it. Listen to what the Holy Spirit says and follow Him completely.

      Seek Him, not beg, with a faith filled expectant heart of hope. He will do it. We love you and do does God. Rex

      Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
      Psalm 37:4, 5

      And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:9

      Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. Isaiah 30:18

      And you will know that I am the LORD; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame. Isaiah 49:23b

      ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3

      Do not call to mind the former things, or dwell on things of the past. Behold, I will do something new; it’s already springing up – can’t you see it? I am making a road in the desert, rivers in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18, 19

  12. Psalm 91 says when he calls on me I will answer him. I think that makes it clear that the Bible does say that God answers our prayer.

    1. Ruth,
      I pray/declare Psalm 91 over my life at least 3 times a week. Yes God answers prayer. It is a prayer of faith that is surrended to God Psalm 91:2. When we surrender our life in service to Him Romans 12:1-2 we are able to believe. Faith has action. Psalm 91:15 is like John 15:7. Living in the word, living by the word. Hanging on His every word. Faith prays, faith declares and faith acts in service with love for others.

      For me, moving from accepting the Scripture is true to believing the Scripture is true, takes meditation and confession over a period of time. I will read the promise and praise God for it. Then objections to the promise working, come to my mind. I refute the worry/doubt with the promises of God. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and rest in the promise. I will go over and over and over the promises to assure myself that I can live by them. I will even bring up arguments against Scripture and then refute them with other promises. This for me is fighting for faith. God honors faith. Hebrews 11:6; 2 Chronicles 16:9

  13. So what happens if you pray for something, say a miracle or healing of an illness and you have complete faith in Gods ability to perform this miracle (which is as you would consider bible based faith) but it doesn’t happen. Does that mean the person praying didn’t have enough faith? I just can’t seem to get around that idea. Could it simply be that it wasn’t God’s will to heal that person?

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  15. Very good and thoughtful advice. I will do it. Thanks and God Bless you.

  16. I’ve been praying for a second child for 9 years without results. My wife and I are both in our 50’s.

    I’m confused as to the difference between believing prayer and just desiring something.

    What’s the difference between affirming “I believe God will answer this prayer” versus just “this is why I want”?

    1. Audra
      Have you considered how God will get the glory as a result of having a child? Will you dedicate the child’s life to Him? Will you testify about God’s grace? Will you teach the child to advance the kingdom of God. It may be that God wants to know that the child won’t become an idol. Find scriptures to incorporate into your prayers that lets God know you are aware of His promises (ie. He promised to bless the fruit of your womb. He told us to be fruitful and multiply. He said we would not suffer the plaques of Egypt. He promises that He would not withhold any good thing from us.) .

      Also, repent of any secret or open blaming. Repent of any past regrets that you may have not fully accepted forgiveness. Believe and declare that you are forgiven and that you have a right to abundant life.

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      1. FM,

        Thanks for the response and the articles. They were very encouraging.

        I think my prayer for a second child qualifies as a hope because I’ve read several cases of women having babies in their fifties. Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Hannah all experienced this blessing. Any new life glorifies God, and if this prayer were granted, I would never stop telling people about how our God answers prayers for real.

        Last year, the girl who used to cut my hair told me that God ‘told her’ that my wife and I would have another baby. Nothing has come of it yet. Is that just part of the journey or was she deceived?

        I guess my last hurdle is how to pray a believing prayer. Does the believing come from what I say to God or is it in my attitude as I approach it? In the past, my prayers have been overwrought, demanding even. I believe that I can look beyond natural circumstances. Is that all there is to it?

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