Matthew 21:21-22 (New International Version, ©2010)

21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 (New International Version, ©2010)

13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Maybe my theology is flawed or I have taken the scripture out of context, but I was thinking about prayers not being answered.

Why, since Jesus said if we believe we can ask for anything, do our prayers go unanswered?

Jesus answered that questioned when he said “do not doubt”. I’m guilty of doubting.

But the scripture from Corinthians gives another reason too–We couldn’t handle it, the answered prayer.

Have you ever prayed to win a sweepstakes? Asked for a new car? A husband? A wife?

Maybe, just maybe, Jesus in his infinite wisdom knows that what you’re asking for, you cannot handle.

Take winning money, for instance. What would you do with the money? I’m sure you have a list of things to buy, places to go. Maybe you’d spend so much that you’d blow through it in no time, or buy things not pleasing to Him.  And just maybe HE knows that about you. Even if you don’t know that about your self. He wants to provide a way out of that temptation by not providing what you want.

Parents do that for their children. A child may ask for something the parent knows will be harmful to that child, so the parent does the right thing by not granting that request. The child couldn’t handle it.

And maybe you couldn’t handle what you’re asking of Him. Maybe with the answered prayer would come a temptation you’d not be able to resist.