The classic question. Standard answers often revolve around being given free will, etc. My answer is, I don’t know why. Perhaps the issue is that people see God as a kind of magician, with a heavenly “customer service department,” who waves a magic wand as soon as he receives a prayer.
- “Get me a job.”
- “Find a cure for ebola.”
- “Stop Sunray drinking himself to death.”
Maybe this view is simplistic.
Maybe God is more there as a listener, as a friend, than as wand-waver? Ultimately we a probably faced with a choice: to have earthly wishes fulfilled, or to have God’s grace, which is far deeper and more enduring and endearing.