Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered?

Tim Jackson —  July 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

At some point in every individual’s walk with God, the question of unanswered prayer surfaces. It often erupts after we’ve passionately poured out our hearts to God about a desperate situation that we know needs His divine intervention and correction to literally save the day.

But then He doesn’t show up. Or at least not like we expected Him to or in the way we thought He would. And that’s when we struggle in our search for reasons as to “why” He didn’t answer like we thought He’d promised.

Didn’t He hear me? Doesn’t He know how important this is? Doesn’t He understand how much we need Him? Doesn’t He ask us to pray for anything in His name and He will give it to us? So what’s the catch?

Prayer invites us deeper into both the mystery and the madness of the journey of faith more than just about anything else we may encounter in life. It pushes us deeper into the heart of our great God who loves us more than we will ever be able to fully grasp and yet who responds . . . or doesn’t respond . . . in ways that can drive us to doubt or even the brink of despair as we cry out, “Why God?”

Larry Crabb has wrestled with these kinds of questions about prayer himself, and he shares with us what he’s learned along the way in his journey with God. Watch and listen as Larry responds to questions about unanswered prayer and the purpose of prayer.

I hope you find these videos helpful.

If you’re a church leader—from pastors and elders to small-group leaders, Sunday school teachers, and everyone in between—please join us for a repeat of our popular “Leading in Prayer” webinar this Thursday evening at 7:00 PM EDT with Dr. James Banks as our guest, along with Dennis Moles and myself. You can register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6281720287662468096

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Tim Jackson is married to his college sweetheart, Cole. They have 3 adult children. Tim is the producer for the HelpForMyLife.org website, writes Discover Series booklets on a variety of counseling issues and hosts webinars for RBC Ministries. He's also the founder and president of Still Waters Counseling & Equipping Ministries, PC, a local counseling practice serving individuals, couples and families. When not in the office, you will probably find him up a tree with a bow, in a duck blind or fly fishing on one of Michigan's many rivers.

2 responses to Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered?

  1. Your prayers never go unanswered. It may appear God has reserved His interest elsewhere but He hears each one of our prayers and intervenes where He sees fit.
    Somehow I believe one’s prayers are answered in other areas that may effect the circumstance one singles out as a need and God manages His resolution in other areas that effect change in what is necessary for the circumstance. Human beings have no knowledge of the wisdom of God, none. Humanity has to impart the ideal as cited in Isa. 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says 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.” I contend as we grow towards an understanding of managing evil in this world, we must remain fortified in the body of Christ to recognize when He has intervened and give thanks when He does. May God bless you through your circumstance. Be at peace.

  2. Almighty Gd called me from a place where not everyone gets called from…My prayer has been; show me Your will for my life… I have yet to hear…

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