When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayers

When Your Prayers Aren’t Answered

What do you do when your prayers aren’t answered? Hopefully, as shared on Wednesday’s post, you continue to trust God and declare that he is good. However, I know that is not the case with everyone. Often times, the Spirit of offense happens, disappointment happens, weariness happens and anger happens too.

Which I why I love this sermon by Bill Johnson, the pastor at Bethel in Redding, California. I couldn’t stop listening to this because it’s so good, so I have tried to recap my notes for you below, even though I highly recommend listening when you can.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

God’s desire and assignment for you is to see the dominion of God fulfilled in people’s lives. Answering prayers and healing sickness is God’s idea. He thought it up. But what will you do with the opportunity of unanswered prayers?

Do you realize there is no instruction in the Bible regarding unanswered prayers? Do you want to know why? You weren’t designed for unanswered prayers. God wants to fulfill your prayers. He desires for you to pray kingdom-minded prayers because it gives you an opportunity to partner with him. He wants to answer all of your prayers and not only does he want to, but he can. And when they don’t get answered? It’s not okay!

Unanswered prayers are not okay because that isn’t what God designed to happen. When you face unanswered prayers, don’t try to create false doctrines to justify why your prayers weren’t answered and don’t tolerate the absence of breakthrough. And definitely don’t become complacent because complacency tolerates unanswered prayers and God wants to use the discomfort you experience when you don’t get what you want to provoke you to seek him. So don’t spend time reflecting on what hasn’t happened, but instead bring what hasn’t happened before him.

Accusing God or blaming yourself gets you nowhere. How many times have you been offended or grown frustrated with God because you had an idea or timeline of how God should have answered your prayers, but he didn’t do it how you desired? Do you realize when you think your plans and ways are better than God’s, you are basically saying that you know better than he does? Not only that, but you are telling him that you care more about your problems and desires than he does, which of course, is not true. His ways and thoughts are higher, which means he knows best about answering your prayers.

Instead of dwelling on what God hasn’t done for you yet, take your problems to him. Use the opportunity of unanswered prayers to talk to him about it. And while you are waiting for answers, don’t laser focus your time, energy and prayer on one thing that you miss out on all the other prayers he has answered and is answering in your life. Just like you diversify your financial portfolio, it’s important you do the same with your prayers. Know that he desires for your prayers to be answered, so continue to seek him until you see his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.


When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayers

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  • Paxetbonum
    Posted at 11:14h, 06 January Reply

    I start wondering if the timing of God is different from my timing and also if my own will (as in what I ask in my prayers) is the will of God in my life or if God wants for me to consider a different pathway that will ultimately bring me closer to Him.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 11:18h, 06 January Reply

    Oh, my word! Did I ever need this today! I love when you post sermons…they have blessed me so many times! I will definitely listen to this when I have time. I was SO discouraged yesterday, I could hardly even pray. Have you ever been that way? Sometimes we pray and pray and pray, and it seems the Heavens are brass. I just wonder if when we are feeling such discouragement, we may be very near to breakthrough, and this could be why satan is trying so hard to get us to just stop praying! Maybe, we are RIGHT THERE, on the verge. Sending hugs to you today. Thank you so much for this.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 13:32h, 06 January Reply

    I know so many people that have turned from God because they didnt get “their way”… hard to accept a better plan when we can’t see it – I get that… but needs to be remembered.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 16:24h, 06 January Reply

    We should never get made at God when He doesn’t answer our prayers in the time or the way that He wants us to

    • Susan
      Posted at 14:58h, 02 February Reply

      How about when He NEVER answers your prayers?

  • Terri
    Posted at 22:38h, 06 January Reply

    even though we may feel that he is late, his timing is perfect and he is right on time

  • Tara
    Posted at 13:53h, 07 January Reply

    I love Matthew 6:33. It’s such an encouragement.

  • Kristi
    Posted at 23:48h, 07 January Reply

    Amen! We should continue to pray in full belief that God will answer our prayers. James talks about praying and not doubting. God always answers are prayers, there is no doubt. Many times he answers them in ways we would never believe and sometimes, especially when we don’t understand His answers, we are forced to trust Him all the more. He is good and gives the best gifts.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 12:47h, 10 January Reply

    Powerful reminder.

  • Maggie
    Posted at 14:49h, 11 January Reply

    What if your prayers are unanswered because you are praying for the wrong result? You can’t thwart God’s will. What if his plan for you is not to be a biological mother? (I’m using you as an example-we all have our own desires we desperately pray for that may not be part of God’s plan for us). I think it is so easy to get blinded by our own desires that we truly believe that our prayers “have” to be answered because they are “biblical”requests that we lose sight of the reality that God will answer our prayers, just maybe not in the tangible manner in which we ask.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 20:40h, 13 January Reply

    “And while you are waiting for answers, don’t laser focus your time, energy and prayer on one thing that you miss out on all the other prayers he has answered and is answering in your life.” <— I think this is really important and I appreciate you sharing! I think it's easy to get focused on what he hasn't done and not reflect on and be thankful for all the things he has done 🙂 I know I do that sometimes!

  • Clifford Dumasi
    Posted at 09:09h, 11 January Reply

    Gys, I do not want to lie. when my prayers are not answered, I do not pretend about it , I get dissaopointed. how coud abraham’s blessing becomes mine when my prayers are not answered. I am even more jealousy because my friend would tell me how he has done his traditional rituals and asked his ancesters for help to achieve certain thing that i am aware of and he always feffere to them in everything that he has. all this are good things that i as a child of God has been asking for but no answer on my part. I can’t say anything or blame God, but I still need answres for unanswered prayers right now so that i can have proven testimony. just like talking about salvation. i have experienced it first tha is why i am testifying about it. some one please help

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