Dealing with Hurt and Unanswered Prayer - Part Two - Jesus' Bold Teachings

The problem with our unanswered prayers is that these disappointments do not line up with the promises of Scriptures. 

Jesus taught, “whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matt 21:22 (ESV)

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.  John 16:24 (ESV)

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matt 7:7-11 (ESV)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24 (ESV)

The Apostle John wrote:
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.  1 John 5:14-15 (ESV)

These are clear teachings of Scripture.  When our reality does not line up with them, we need to use that as fuel to ignite our prayer life and spur us on to bring about God’s will more fully.  We need to keep the faith and continue to pursue God’s will even when our circumstances do not line up to his promises.  We are in the asking with faith business; God is in the answering business.