What To Do When You Feel Like Your Prayers Aren’t Being Answered
So over the past year, I’ve been praying some specific prayer points. Some have been answered, and others I’m still waiting for them to get answered.
But the prayer points I’m still waiting on are some of the major ones I really want to see answered in my life. Sometimes I find myself crying out to God.
Why haven’t you answered me yet?
You’re God Almighty. You have the power to change my situation with the snap of a finger. Lord, I trust you. You told me to give you my burden and take yours because yours is light Matthew 11:28-30. I don’t even stress about what’s going on because I’m trusting you. Why haven’t you answered me?
It gets frustrating sometimes, but I know the God I serve. He loves me and wants the best for me. I want to share a few tips on what I’m doing, and going to do while waiting on God to answer my prayers.
- I’m not going to lose faith or be idle. Like I said, God has the ability to change my situation with the snap of a finger. Today it might seem like nothing is happening in my situation, but tomorrow everything can change. I was reading 1 Samuel 4-6 today, and it was about how the people of Israel had the Ark of God stolen from them by the Philistines. It was very sad for Israel and it caused the people to cry loudly. For 7 months the Ark of God was in the possession of the Philistines. One day while the people in Beth Shemesh were busy harvesting their wheat, they looked up and saw the Ark of God. (The Philistines had to send it back because the Ark caused the people to suffer. Kind of like when we try to walk in someone else’s purpose, or enviously desire to be like someone else. But it’s hard to be successful in an endeavor God hasn’t given to you. But that’s a post for another day). So one day Israel had no Ark. But just like that their situation changed. They also weren’t idle during the waiting period. They were busy harvesting their wheat when the Ark came. Just because I’m waiting on God to answer a prayer doesn’t mean everything stops. I keep on doing the work I need to do and trust that God is working. Cause he is even though it doesn’t look like it.
2.I‘m not going to stop praying. Like I said, God has answered some of my prayers points. So the same God that has answered those prayers is the same God that can answer the remaining.
3. I’m not going to let my unanswered prayers steal my joy. I’m still going to praise God and give thanks to God in all things. Let’s be honest. We’re human. Even before the prayers I’m waiting on to get answered are answered, I’ll have some more prayers points that I want to bring to God. If I keep putting off my joy till my prayers get answered, I will never have peace. Which is why I love Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. It doesn’t say we should bring our request to God so that God will answer all our prayers, but that God will give us peace beyond understanding. That peace is so key. And that peace is what enables me to pray prayers that lead into my next point.
4. I ask God if there’s anything he wants me to learn while I’m waiting. I ask God to refine me in the waiting period. I ask God to work on me and use my current situation to strengthen me. As much as I want my prayers answered, my ultimate goal is heavenward. Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. So I ask God to use my situation to refine me to make me more like Jesus. I love the way Romans 8:22-25 is written in the MSG version. It says we are enlarged in the waiting but we don’t see what is enlarging us. But the larger we become the more joyful our expectancy. We don’t always see it like this, but sometimes waiting can be a gift.
When I first drew closer to God, I went to God for things. I wanted the things more than I wanted God. But as I waited for the things, I grew closer to God and desired God more than I desired the things. And from my experience over the past year, not a single thing even COMPARES to having a relationship with God.
5. I don’t accept my situation as permanent. Yes, there are some circumstances you’ll have to face in life, but don’t get stuck in them because you believe that God desires to keep you in that situation. God doesn’t cause bad situations to happen in our lives, but he will allow us to go through them. You may need to be in that situation for a while to learn something, but not forever. Please don’t let a test turn into bondage. Like I said, God has the ability to change your situation with the snap of a finger. In the book of Judges, every time the Israelites cried out to God for help, he intervened. They would suffer for years and then cry out. And suffer for years again, and then cry out. I truly believe if they had cried out earlier, they wouldn’t have had to suffer for years at a time. It also didn’t take God years to answer them when they cried out. God wants us to live a life of abundance. We do not need to be so caught up in our situations, and always struggling to the point that we can’t even see the needs of others.
These points aren’t conclusive, but what I wanted to share about waiting on God. In all of this, Philippians 4:6-7 is so key. Present your request to God with a heart of gratitude. You may not have everything you want, but you definitely have something to be grateful for. Then there’s the peace that comes with that. And being filled with that peace is so amazing. While waiting for God to answer our prayers we also want to be praying in alignment with God’s will for our lives. We do that by having a relationship with God. Spend time in the word. Spend time in prayer. Have your own relationship with God and be intentional about it.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.