Empowering Job Seekers

Why God may not be answering your prayer for a new job

By Billy Graham

Q: How do I know God is listening to me when I pray? To be honest, I've about given up on prayer because it doesn't seem to make any difference. Has God turned His back on me?
A: No! God has not turned His back on you. He loves you and wants you to bring your burdens and cares to Him in prayer. The Bible says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

Only two things can keep God from giving us what we ask for in our prayers. The first is sin - and the reason is because sin erects a barrier between us and God. Until that barrier is torn down, God can't answer our prayers. The Bible says, "The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous." Proverbs 15:29

This is why the first step you need to take is to turn by faith to Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive your sins and come into your life. When we do that, the barrier of sin is removed - and God hears our prayers.

The second thing that keeps God from giving us what we ask for is if we are seeking something that isn't His will. God loves us and knows what is best for us - and because of this, He will not give us anything that isn't His will. The Bible says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14

Make sure of your commitment to Christ. Then pray about everything, and wait for Him to answer. The Bible says, "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." Psalm 37:7

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God is not on the job. Instead, be glad you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. I Peter 4:12, The Message

Our God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. I Corinthians 10:13

We remember, in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come to you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So
don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed. James 1:2-4, The Message

...The race is not always to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor satisfaction to the wise. Nor riches to the smart, Nor grace to the learned. Sooner or later bad luck hits us all. Ecclesiastes 9:11

You must work and not be lazy: Proverbs 6: 6-11

Suffering: Yes, you will suffer in life a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling. I Peter 5:10

Pray: If one of you is having troubles, he should pray. James 5:13

The Lord is your #1 mentor for success: Always turn to the Lord for help in everything you do and you will be successful. Proverbs 16:3

Be diligent for success: Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will be open for you... Matthew 7:7-8

Seek mentors advice and network: If a person does not get enough advice, then his plan fails. But a person will succeed if he listens to the things wise people tell him.
Proverbs 15:22

Prepare and plan for success: Careful plans can lead to profit. But if you are not careful, and you do things too quickly, then you will become poor. Proverbs 21:5

Be honest in everything you say or write. Proverbs 6:16-17

Our success at Empowering Job Seekers is measured best when a job seeker says, “When I came here, the only thing that mattered to me was getting a job; now I realize that getting my mind in a positive direction, and my life right with the Lord, were the most important things; getting a job is now a secondary benefit – still a very important one – but definitely now secondary.”

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