Does God sometimes not respond to our prayer request, and if so, is that a response?
I would have to say yes, that sometimes God does not respond, we all have prayed for that A+ on our test, yet to no avail we get the E (well in my case anyway), or pray to win the lotto, but never even come close.
Some would say that the bible states, that all prayers are answered, and that is true, all are, even the prayer to win the lotto, the answer was a big fat NO.
But I think it’s not a NO, but rather a no response. God, in his wisdom, chooses to not respond.
I think most of us can agree with test and the winning numbers for the lotto, we can easily say that God did not respond because that is a want and not a need, or some other rationalization. But let raise the bar a bit, let’s say it’s for a cure of a loved one, or some big life changing event.
We pray for our loved one not to die, for a miracle to happen, but in the end God said no, and they die. But could it be that God did not say no or yes, but choose not to respond at all? Is that possible? And why would he choose such a thing?
God is not a charity, he does not perform miracles just because we want them, and each and every miracle is preformed with a greater purpose.
God may have chosen not to respond to teach us a lesson. Or he may have responded with a no.
The point is, that I think there is more then two responses God can give us for any of our prayer request, the basic Yes, No and the aloof no response. Each designed to help us grow in our love for God.
So the next time you pray, just remember that God hears all, and sometime, just sometimes his chooses to say nothing.