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The Problem of Unmet Needs

Read | Psalm 84:11-12

If the Lord has promised to provide and is able, why doesn't He always meet our needs when we ask? Since He's completely faithful to His Word, the problem is obviously with us, not Him. In today's passage, His promise of provision has a condition--it's given to "those who walk uprightly" (v. 11). So if God isn't providing for our needs as we think He should, He may have a different plan for us. But we should also examine our lives for possible hindrances.

Sin. One reason our prayers may not be answered is because we've allowed sin in our lives and are not walking uprightly. If the Lord ignored disobedience and granted our requests, He'd be affirming a sinful lifestyle.

Laziness. Another possible explanation for unmet needs is that we haven't done our part. Although God is the ultimate source of all we have, He's given us the responsibility to work in order to provide basic necessities (2 Thess. 3:10-11). If you're an able-bodied person who's unwilling to work and wants something for nothing, the Lord is not going to reinforce your laziness.

Desires. Perhaps God hasn't provided as you expected because your "needs" are really desires. If He knows that what you want won't fulfill His plans for your life, He will withhold it in order to provide something better.

To avoid disappointment with God, understand that His actions and character always align. He won't reward rebellion or laziness, and His answers to prayer fit with His goal of conforming us to Christ's image. If He's withholding something you deem essential, He's working something even better for you.

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  • November 19, 2012 12:34 PM

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    Very true.
  • November 18, 2012 05:56 PM

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    Thanks Dr. Stanley. By the way, I love your photos in Facebook.
  • November 18, 2012 08:00 AM

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    Praise God
  • November 18, 2012 06:45 AM

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    Thanks for d word. It has really enlighting me to d plans of God for my life. God always has smthing in stock for us, he just needs us to change our ways.
  • November 18, 2012 03:09 AM

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    Thank you!
  • November 18, 2012 01:44 AM

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    a great reminder with strong promises...thank you for sharing...God bless!
  • November 17, 2012 08:47 PM

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    LOVE THIS,,,MADE ME DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING,,AND SEE WHERE I CAN IMPROVE MY WALK WITH GOD,,,GOD BLESS YOU AT IN TOUCIH MINISTRIES,,,SOMETIMES WHEN I CAN'T GO TO CHURCH, I ALWAYS LISTEN TO THIS BROADCAST,,,THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE THERE
  • November 17, 2012 04:02 PM

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    I know he take care of me i have every thing i need so that"s why i praise him for every thing and worry about nothing so have a Blessed Day
  • November 17, 2012 03:01 PM

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    As always.... right on. Go God, thx for ITM!
  • November 17, 2012 02:19 PM

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    Thank you for these words of wisdom.
  • November 17, 2012 01:52 PM

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    Always a blessing!
  • November 17, 2012 12:36 PM

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    This message came right on time. Thank you Jesus!
  • November 17, 2012 11:56 AM

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    He's a good God , if it wasn't for Him there wouldn't be no me . If it ws not for my Lord where would I be ?
  • November 17, 2012 11:27 AM

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    Thank you for the reminder. I have been in a trial/adversity for about 17 years and yet the Father sustains me. Although not easy, I have grown spiritually and become stronger and courageous. I thank the Father for the opportunity to grow in this trial and I know when He has accomplished all that He desires in me (on the conditions that I have obeyed and left all the consequences to Him), He will lift this adversity.
    He is still my God. With the help of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father, with the Holy Spirit, will win this battle; never before has it been so evident that Satan is the god of this world; I have understood this for many years. This statement serves as a reminder when we are tempted to forget and to look at people as the source of evil doing.
    Yet, the Father says "I will never leave nor forsake you." No matter what, He is there with you.
  • November 17, 2012 10:38 AM

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    Truly GOD is faithful. If we lack it's maybe our choices in life that are wrong. I still remember Mike Murdock's words... What we let happen determine our future.
    GOD wants only good things for us.
  • November 17, 2012 06:05 AM

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    Excellent reflection

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