CHALLENGES IN LIVING
TOGETHER AS COMMUNITY
Does Not Seem to Answer Your Prayers
thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,
declares the LORD. For as the heavens
are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways and my
thoughts than your thoughts.”
- Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
Why does not God answer all our prayers, at least
according to how we want them to be answered? We
try to follow the Lord; isn’t his part to take
care of our needs? Well, there is a huge
difference in how we think and how God thinks. God
is not like an ATM [automatic teller machine],
once you put a request, he will do as you ask -
quickly. Nor God is like a pompous father spoiling
all his children’s whims and impulses. God sees
the complete picture that we do not, and he, out
of his goodness, has his own plan and own time for
things for us, and these do not necessarily follow
our own. God is King and sovereign over all, and
he makes all thing beautiful in His time
So What Do You Do When
God Does not Seem to Answer Your Prayers?
- You need to have balance and perspective
when it seems God does not listen to you.
Count all the blessings he has given you and
remember his faithfulness to you in the past.
Be thankful for everything God has given you,
including answered prayers. Continue to be
faithful to him in prayer. Rejoice in the
Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let
your reasonableness be known to everyone.
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about
anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God. And the peace
of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:4-7 ESV].
- Know that God is for you, and things will
come out for your good – in time. Be assured
that the King of all the universe is on your
side! And we know that for those who love God
all things work together for good, for those
who are called according to his purpose.
[Romans 8:28 ESV]
- You need to respect God’s ways, his timing,
and his decisions. He knows what is best for
you. He knows you. He will take care of you
better than we can take care of your own, so
fully trust in him.
- Know that God is forming your character at
this time. He wants you to rely and depend on
him. He wants you to learn patience and
forbearance. Sometimes God tests your
priorities and where your heart is focused on.
Do you truly trust him? Is your heart and mind
totally given to him?
- It is okay to cry out to God and speak of
your frustrations and tiredness to him; but do
not let any unanswered prayer be a blockage
between you and God. Be a victor, not a
victim. Is the issue on hand more important
than God himself? Do not act like a child, who
will whimper until he gets what he wants.
- Hang on and do not give up. Surrender the
issue to God. Yield to his will and his
timing. Let your concern be his, and his
concern be yours. Let your delight be God
himself. In due time, God will act on it.
yourselves, therefore, under the mighty
hand of God so that at the proper time he
may exalt you, casting all your anxieties
on him, because he cares for you. [1
Peter 5:6-7 ESV]
- What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us? He
who did not spare his own Son but gave him
up for us all, how will he not also with him
graciously give us all things? [Romans
- Rejoice in hope, be patient in
tribulation, be constant in prayer.
[Romans 12:12 ESV]
references: James 5:7-9; Galatians 6:7-10;
and Luke 18:1-7.
For personal reflection or
are your current requests that God needs to
act on? Have you surrendered them to God?
you act like a bratty son or daughter when
your Father does not answer your prayer as
Tom Caballes is the National
Senior Administrator and a National
Coordinator of the Lamb
God, a community of the Sword of
the Spirit with 7 branches located
throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads
Zealand, an outreach program for
high school, university, and
post-university aged people.
Tom and his wife Mhel and
their two daughters live in
Wellington, New Zealand.