God Didn’t Answer My Prayer

I prayed for something, and God didn’t make it happen. Now what?

Faith. Hope. Love. 

God answers prayer better than you think. You may not always get the answer exactly as you hoped. These disappointments are the greatest test of faith. Keep the faith; wait patiently on the Lord. He is orchestrating a bigger answer than you can imagine.

-DANIEL prayed, “Lord, preserve my nation.” God answered by letting the nation be destroyed. But he used Daniel to bless three empires and to counsel rulers, and he blessed him with power and wealth beyond description.

-JOSEPH prayed, “Lord save me from slavery.” God answered by letting him be sold into slavery. But he used Joseph to save the known world from starvation, including his family, and he blessed him with riches and wisdom beyond imagination.

-ESTHER prayed, “Lord, save me from the harem of Persia.” God answered by letting her be taken into that harem. But he used Esther to save the Jews from extermination, and blessed her with a happily ever after that no words could describe.

-JESUS prayed, “Lord, let this cup be taken from me.” God answered, letting him drink the cup of death by Crucifixion down to the last bitter drop. But it is through Jesus and his Cross and Resurrection that he delivered his people into the glorious liberty of the children of God… and saved them once for all forever.

Do not fret at “unanswered” prayer. There is no such thing. We are only looking at the closed gate blocking our next steps, begging God to open it.

God is looking at the mountain towering over our lives. He’s preparing to level it.

Wait on the Lord. Keep the faith. Leave the outcomes to him. 

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4 thoughts on “God Didn’t Answer My Prayer

  1. I’m preaching on God’s sovereignty by sharing the story of Joseph this Sunday. I will have to seriously paraphrase the whole thing of course. But yeah, God does work all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. But it’s His idea of “good”, not ours. We find ourselves in deep wells, sold as slaves, wrongfully accused, and thrown in prison as part of God’s “good”. Yes, faith is made unavoidable when we walk with Him.
    BTW- I will be sharing your teaching on “providence” as part of the sermon. Thanks for bringing clarity to how God works with pharaohs, pilates, and presidents!

  2. What about marriage? Why would God say that he hates divorce and then let his own daughter walk away from the faith and divorce me? I prayed in Jesus name for my wife and she has an affair and divorces me. Explain how God is working in that. His very own institution he allows to fail and be destroyed and ransacked by the enemy?

    • I can feel the pain and hurt in these words… Do not blame God for your wife’s affair and sins. What if every time a person prayed for you to make a choice, God over-rode your free will and forced you? You would not be human, would not possess free will, and would love him only of necessity and coercion. This fallen world is hard. We are sinned against by others. And we ourselves are guilty of sinning against others too. Thank God for his grace to forgive us when we blow it and to strengthen us when we need him through a difficult time. Blessings, comfort, and peace as you go through this loss and pain.

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