5 Things To Do When It Seems Like God Isn't Answering Your Prayers

5 Things To Do When It Seems Like God Isn't Answering Your Prayers

Don't lose heart.

How many times have you prayed, opened your eyes, and thought: What's the point? Does God even care? I've been praying about this for the longest time and still no answer from God! I've been consistent and faithful, so why isn't God answering? Even saying "No!" would be better than silence. Perhaps you've gotten to a point where you try to read your Bible, but it's hard to focus because the only thing you can think about is why God feels so far away. It doesn't make sense. You're trying to draw close to Him, but it's like the closer you draw to God, He only pulls further away. Getting angry is very understandable and appears to be a fair reaction. After all, God is the one ignoring us when we've been humbling ourselves before Him, right? Before you actually give up on prayer, do the following and then see if you still want to give up:

1. Stay on your knees.

Don't stop earnestly praying just because God seems silent. Getting off of your knees and giving up because God seems to be absent is exactly what the devil wants you to do. No. He is there, He is listening, and He will answer.

2. Be honest about your struggle with prayer.

If a fellow brother or sister in Christ asks you what you're praying about or who you're praying for, don't act like it's all hunky-dory and that there are no struggles in your heart. Tell him/her that it's hard right now. Open up and be vulnerable. Don't be fake. And ask him/her to pray that God will give you the strength to persevere.

3. Continue to praise God.

It can be difficult to continue giving God thanks and singing His praises when it seems like He shut the door in your face and is ignoring your calls. Those are lies from the devil. Find comfort in the words of Habakkuk 3:17-19:
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

4. Know that the Lord most certainly has a plan.

God isn't up there in Heaven scrambling to put something together so your life isn't in shambles. Who would want to follow and worship a God that can't keep it together? No, absolutely not. God has fully ordered everything, so be filled with hope. After all, God told Job in Job 38:1-7:
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: "Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone — while the morning stars sang together and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?

5. Remember that "where the ideal is lacking, grace abounds."

In a sermon he preached back in 2014, Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Dallas, TX said specifically to the single moms and widowers in the crowd: "Where the ideal is lacking, grace abounds." While he was specifically talking to single moms and widowers in that situation, the saying applies to other situations as well. Perhaps you're in a predicament that truly isn't your fault, or maybe you lack vital resources and are in dire straits. God will provide. He will not leave you. Read Genesis 21:8-20 and see how God provided for those in desperate need. God will do the same for you. Don't grow weary.

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When God Says, “Not Right Now.”

“God give me faith to wait and not manipulate. To trust You fully, no matter how my circumstances may appear." — Lynn Cowell


One of the most frustrating yet beautiful things is when God tells us “no" or “not right now."

At the time, you may have agony or desperation for this one thing to work out in your life, but it slips away from you. You may ask God why. Why does He want you to be unhappy? Why does He want to take away your dreams?

At the time, you cannot see how much God truly is working in your life, but He is. In my life, every time that I was disappointed that a plan or dream didn't work out, I was devastated. I didn't want to be in a position where I was challenged and tested. I wanted all the blessings to flow and to fulfill what I thought was my plan in life. But that's exactly what it was: my plan.

I did not see at the time that that is not what God intended for me and that He actually had far greater plans than I did for myself. He needed to mold me into who I am supposed to be today. Along the way I have met the most amazing people that have had a huge impact on my life, have gone through the most amazing experiences with God, and I wouldn't trade going through all the trials because it has truly made me into the woman I am today.

“What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for." – John Ortberg

God is continually, endlessly, working in our lives.

We may not see it, but He is. We may blame God for all the things that are going wrong in our lives, but we never see that in the end, we were supposed to go through the low valleys to get to the high, amazing, and beautiful mountains in our lives.

I truly believe that it's when you're at the bottom of the darkest pit in your life that you can actually see the light of God shining brightly upon you. During these times, pray to Him to lead you to understanding that this is all a part of His plan for you.

It hurts God to see that His child is suffering, but in order to carve out just the person that you are supposed to be, you must go through challenges. Where you are today is no accident. God is using the challenge you are in to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants you tomorrow. When it comes to God's plan, timing is absolutely everything.

Looking back on all the events that I had to endure before getting to where I am now, I know that I had to go through the trials in order to be just who I am today, which is happier than I have ever been because I know God and His plan for me. Waiting is the most difficult job of hope, but you must remain faithful and know that God is guiding you.

“When I wait, you strengthen my heart." Psalm 27:14

When you are waiting for God's righteous plan, don't lose faith in His goodness. He only wants the best for you, and in the end, you will look back and see just how much He truly was working in your life. Be patient and the blessings will flow.

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