Why doesn't God answer important prayers?

The following question was raised by someone on a Christian BB forum.  My own answer follows...


The Bible says, without qualification:

  • If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:22]
  • If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14]
  • Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew 17:20]
  • All things are possible to him who believes. [Mark 9:23]
  • For with God nothing will be impossible. [Luke 1:37]


And yet:

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