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Why does God say NO to some Prayers?

Updated on October 16, 2011

•*””*•Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ God can give 4 answers to prayer:

(1) 'Yes!'

(2) 'No!'

(3) 'Not yet.'

(4) 'I have something better in mind.’


There are times when we pray to God for certain things, but don’t receive the answer. Sometimes, the answer might take a while to materialise but sometimes God says: No.


Why does He say "No"?

a) In the long run, what we have asked for, will not be beneficial to us.

b) He has something much better in mind. Example: you pray to God for a new house for you to rent, but because of His mercies, God delays the answer, while he sets things in motion for you to actually own your own house, instead of renting for years and years.


c) Praying not in accordance to His Will and Word. Also, Sin. Example: I have heard of a case of robbers in a bank, praying to God that the robbery operation will be successful. Doh!

d) A test of our faith. Will we throw in the Towel? My pastor once said it is so easy to praise God when you have thousands of Pounds or Dollars in your Bank Account. Infact, your voice would be one of the loudest, but how about when our bank account is overdrawn….? Will we still praise Him and be Thankful for our lives?

These are just a few reasons why God says "No."

God Bless.



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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks JOanne.

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      Joanne 4 years ago

      Hey there, it seems to me that God always chooses the fourth variant for people. There aren't any “yes” or “no” answers for us, as He always knows what would be better for His beloved children. When the human beings suppose that they are rejected, God only wishes them to become better and stronger in their fight with sins .

      When you get rid of some sin torturing your soul you will see that God has prepared the best for you. Sin prevents us from telling what is good and what is bad.

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      Chosenwoman 6 years ago

      you are welcome friend, we all need an encouraging word

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @SincerelyT Thanks for the name. I will check her up. Glad you stopped by. :)

      @ChosenWoman - It's True God knows best. I'm glad you stopped by to share encouraging words. :)

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      Chosenwoman 6 years ago

      God don't always say yes to our prayers for many reason we could be praying with wrong motives, we could not be praying God's Divine Will, there may be some unforgiveness on our part and just because He is God and He knows what is best. But when you think about it even if we don't get a yes from God, He still answered our prayers it's that He didn't answer the way we think He should answer...

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      SincerelyT 6 years ago from Canada

      I love this Hub Lady_E. There's a woman I'm subscribed to on Youtube that goes by the username of "BronzeGoddess01" I think you should check her out and watch some of her videos. God speaks through her to so many people, including me. Great hub once again!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @DrPastorCarlotta - Lol - yes, it's going to be His way. Lovely to see you. Have a blessed week.

      @Lita C Malicdem - Hello, I like those prayers that are answered before we ask. That's what I call "express". :)

      Thanks so much for stopping.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      Totally agree with you, Elena. God knows what's best for us, and He answers all our prayers in the forms you stated above. Sometimes, before we even ask Him, His response is already there, we only need to look around and feel His Divine Providence.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT Article Lady_E. I always pray God's will not mine. Let's face it, it's only going to be His will that your pray be answered anyway! lol. Love you!!! Voted-Up!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Don't worry on my part. Yah He knows best who to hammer lol. Oh well somebody has to get it. You take care as welll.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Aaaawh Hello Hello, what can I say?

      He knows best.

      Take Care x

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Verywell thought through and written. He always NO to me.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hello Support Med

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I learnt a few things in your comment too.

      I look forward to celebrating your 100th Hub with you.

      Have a beautiful weekend. God Bless you and your family. xx

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      By the way, I see you're at hub 199!!! Didn't seem long ago you were celebrating your 100th hub - now in just a minute you'll be at hub 200!!! Wow! Way to go. I have such a long way to travel, lol!!!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      I, too, believe that there are times when God says no, and when he does it's for our own good even when we do not realize it. I believe there are times when He also says 'yes' and it does not work out the way we thought or hoped that it would. Sort of falls into a 'learning experience.' Even when we pray His will, and by His mercies and grace He blesses us with 'yes,' it's important to follow through with praise and thanksgiving and follow his directions for what He has given us, otherwise, we will misuse what He has blessed us with - without even realizing it. Life is just that, life - a process. Which means all things are constantly changing, evolving, moving, aging, living and dying - etc., I believe that whatever God says yes or no to - it is important to seek His guidance and follow through on it. That way we will not ask for things that are not good for us - and who wants to keep learning hard lesson after hard lesson - and when the 'yes' yields prosperity, growth, blessings, joy and happiness, etc., seeking and following through on His guidance maintains the blessings even through life's challenges, peaks and valleys, etc. According to His own word, we can pray for 'whatsoever we will,' and receive it if and when we believe, that makes it necessary to be careful of what we ask for and to always seek Him. v/r

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hello DeBorrah

      Thanks so much for sharing more about how to pray. It's important we understand these things, for spiritual insight.

      Lovely to see you.

      God Bless you too. x

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      LadyE, Wonderful & thought provoking! God wants what is Best for us and ALWAYS answers according to what is well suited for each of us in HIS time! Which means that we will not always get what we want... This is why we should always pray if it is in HIS will for us! "Your WILL be done on earth as it is in Heaven..." We should regularly spend time in prayer thanking Him for what HE has already done as well! It is a blessing just to KNOW that He does hear our prayers!

      Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Nancy, how are you? I miss you on HP and hope you are doing okay. Thanks for your comments. Keep on writing that list. I'm sure He is smiling at you. Take Care. xx.

      ** Hello Anglnwu - thanks for your inspiring words. We must keep on clinging on. Best Wishes.

      ** Hi Ruby - glad you stopped by. Indeed He knows our thoughts. Regards.

      ** Hello Dave - Thanks for shedding more light on this topic. Even I used to say to friends that He said "Knock I will open, ask and you will receive" but I have learnt a lot since then. Glad you stopped by...

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      If it is not in the best interest of not only the petitioner, but others involved in a favorable answer, God has to deny a prayer. God's answer must involved not just one person but many who might be required to interact for the prayer to be a success.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I believe God knows our heart. Out wishes are known. Thank you for a thought provoking Hub....Cheers

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I agree it's totally easy to praise God when things are running smoothly and in accordance with our will---but the true test comes when things don't go our way. Will we still praise God? True faith clings on, even in the midst of storm--actually--what else can we do except cling on (come to think of it)? Thanks again, for bringing us hope with your encouraging hub.

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      Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

      Lady E, This is a beautifully written piece and one that we mortals can all relate to at some point in our life. I have started a list of questions for the "big guy" when I see him...LOL, I know he has a sense of humor and is probably laughing at this comment right now... XX

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** icciev - thanks for your encouraging comments.

      ** Hello Jo - thanks for your comment. It's nice to read about the experience of others.

      ** Donna - That's true. When I was younger, there were times I thought God had gone on Holiday. Thanks.

      ** Hi Akune - I haven't read that book but have made a note of it. My mum once gave me a book written by Chris Oyakhilome. I like him. Thanks.

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      akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      A hot topic at any time. Have you read praying the right way by Chris Oyakhilome? Small book but it covers all the questions.

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      You've made some really good points. So many people treat God like a genie and pray to Him to grant their wish. When it doesn't work then what do they think? There is no God? Sad, but I've seen this happen.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      Very well put. You are correct. Sometimes God will answer you in steps too. This has happened to me. I will get a yes, followed by a not yet or soon. He has not yet said no to me. I try to make sure I pray for HIS will to be done or pray that HE will receive praise from what I wish to accomplish! I voted up! Beautiful, awesome, useful! :)) Blessings!

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      Nicely said and wrriten, god always say Yes unless its againts his well, if he says Yes its doesn't mean that it always be as you wanted because he may give something better, thanks for sharing this. voted up. wish you all the best Elena