Why may a Christian at times feel that God has not heard his prayer?

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In times of tribulation we often do not notice the help that God has already given us. When God does not always give us help that would free us from our distress, He has His own good and fatherly reasons for doing so, even though we are unable to understand them. He teaches us in the midst of tribulation to trust in Him as our merciful heavenly Father, and to continue to rely on the promises of His Word.

Mark 11:24: What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Ps. 42:9,11: I will say unto God my rock: Why hast Thou forgotten me?... Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art Thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God. For I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Assignment: Read Matt. 15:22-28: The Canaanite woman.