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Question 8

Hi, Father, you mentioned that if we have faith, whatever we ask of God it will be granted. However, sometimes our prayers are not always answered or answered as we like. Shouldn't we always pray for God's will to be done and can it be said that unanswered prayers are a sign that its not God's will or that we are asking for foolish things?  


Answer to Question 8


Whatever one asks in the name of Jesus will be given. This does not mean that man can ask God for all and everything. He cannot ask for what is not needed, or for what is evil. He can ask, however, and must ask for “good gifts,” for whatever can be asked in the name of Christ, for whatever is holy and sinless and good. If one asks for good things in faith, he will certainly receive them if God thinks that he should have them for his life and salvation. This is the promise of the Lord Himself. “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7) “And whatever you ask in prayer, if you have faith, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22) Every prayer directed to God in faith is answered. This does not mean that what is asked is always given, for God knows better than the person who prays what is good for him. For this reason the spiritual teachers warn us against being too long and insistent in our demands of the Lord other than for his mercy. God knows best what is needed thus it is always best to be brief in prayer, and not too specifically demanding. It is always best to pray: “Give what is needed, O Lord. Thy will be done.”