Insight: God does answer all prayer, however not always in the way we may expect or want for that matter. We may be praying for good weather and God may let us have rain which is "good" for crops. God answers prayer according to His will. If you are praying for something that will harm you in the long run God is not going to give it to you. He loves you and wants what is best for you.
When we pray one thing we need to do is be specific. If you ask for blessings, God's idea of blessing may be different from yours and you may not recognize that He has answered.
Sometimes His answer is "Wait", however in our society where everything is based on convenience this is not the answer we want.
Just remember God loves you and He wants the very best for your life, so if His answer is "No", "Maybe" or "Wait", be patient because His best for us far outweighs our own.
Issue: I find that there are times in my life when I want nothing to do with other people and I isolate myself? What is so bad about isolation?
Insight: God created us as relational beings. He created us in His image, He is also a relational being. God is three persons, this is because God is relational. If God was one person than He would have created us to be in isolation because God created us in His image. God wants us not only to be in relationship with Him, but with our families, friends and the world around us. Do not let the enemy win and convince you that there is nothing wrong with isolation. It is in isolation when we have the greatest sense of loneliness, anxiety, fear, and depression. We need others, just the same way they need us.
Issue: I know that God says that He never gives us more than we can handle but there are times in my life when I feel completely overwhelmed and it overtakes me.
Insight: I have felt this way myself. In my life I find that delegating tasks to someone else can help. Asking for help from others is another great way to get things done quickly and efficiently. Another thing I like to do is make a to do list then prioritize the tasks, handling them one at a time. Focus on the most important and work your way down. Then you are not feeling so overwhelmed and I find it is easier to accomplish tasks one at a time than to try them all at once. If you are feeling overwhelmed by things other than tasks, then it may be time for you to give some of your worries and concerns over to God. Worrying has no purpose, can we change anything about the future by worrying about it? No. God knows the future, give these worries and concerns over to Him and focus on the things you can actually do something about.
Insight: I think we as humans all have moments when we struggle with our faith. I believe the best thing to do when you are struggling is read the Bible; and don't just read it to read it but ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning of what you are reading. When I struggle with my faith, I find that the Bible has a way of speaking to each situation I face. If you are dealing with a particular issue, a concordance may be helpful to find the verses that best speak to the difficulty you are facing. Another way of getting back on track is to pray. Ask God to reveal what diversion led you off track to begin with and start to deal with it and get back on track. Allow yourself to rest in His presence. Put on worship music and just focus on God and allow His presence to fill you up. Surround yourself with other Christians as they can help pray for you and encourage you through these struggles. Whatever you do, do not give up, God is always with you and He always wants what is best for you.
Issue: Is it possible to still love Jesus and live a sinful lifestyle? Like promiscuity, homosexuality, adultery, etc.
Insight: I believe it is possible for them to love Jesus and still be living a sinful lifestyle. It would be an indicator of the depth of their love and commitment to Jesus though. The more you love Jesus, the more you try to be like him. Someone who is bound to habitual sin; has to come to a place where they love Jesus enough and are willing to trust Him enough, to allow Him to set them free in those areas. Many people compartmentalize their lives and allow God only into parts of their life, not into every area. Once again, it just portrays their level of commitment. However, be cautious about judging people based on their lifestyles, truly it is only Jesus who knows exactly the heart of these people and only He knows the exact depth of their love and commitment to Him. My challenge for you is if you know someone living a sinful lifestyle, but says they love Jesus, continue to pray that their relationship with Jesus would continue to grow and deepen. Let Jesus do the rest.
If God puts it in your heart to say something to them, ensure that you do so out of a place of love. Every time Jesus confronted someone it was done in love, not judgement.
I strive to help others by being a safe place for others to ask questions and pose issues they face.