When Your Prayers Aren’t Answered — Hope for the Broken-Hearted
“Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” and “Doesn’t He care about me?” are two questions I’m frequently asked. First, God knows your needs before you even ask. Second, God cares unequivocally about you.
So, I want to make sure that it is clear that by sharing these Bible verses listed below, I am NOT saying that someone you loved died because you lacked faith, or that you weren’t healed because of some unconfessed sin in your life. I have no idea and can’t presume to know why anyone’s prayers are not being answered. I am in no way trying to heap guilt, or blame on a hurting heart… but, I am sharing scriptures so that you might know what the Word of God says, so you can reflect on these things and pray about them to see if there is anything in your life that might be hindering your prayers.
We shouldn’t expect God to answer our prayers if we don’t spend time learning God’s word and obeying what we’ve learned. Proverbs 28:9 (Mormon) says, “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”
We must ask in accordance with God’s will as revealed in the Bible. James 1:5-8. Prayers are hindered when we doubt God. To doubt God is to call Him a liar.
What to do when you feel like God isn’t answering your prayers?
Here are three simple methods:
- Speak Truth to yourself. When we remember God’s promises to us from His Word, we’re able to keep our heads facing forward on the path He has for us.
- Rest in Him.
Why does it feel like God is not answering my prayers?
– If you knowingly condone sin, whether it’s happening to you or to someone else, and don’t correct it, you’re’regarding iniquity in your heart,’ and should therefore disregard God answering your prayers.
Why keep praying when there is no answer?
God wants you to think about the Blesser. Consistent prayer clarifies your request, and a delayed response gives you time to clarify exactly what you want and refine your prayers. When you pray to your heavenly Father repeatedly, it distinguishes deep longings from whims.
How do I know if God will answer my prayer?
God May Respond to Your Prayers by Planting a Desire in Your Heart God may respond to your prayers by planting a desire in your heart, or He may give you a vision or dream in response to your request, as He did for Cornelius, a God-fearing, praying man (Acts 10:1-2).
What do I do when God is silent?
Bring it to the Lord, speak to him, be honest in front of him, trust that he hears you, take refuge in his faithfulness, and know that there is a mighty God who loves you behind every heavy silence.
How can I hear God’s voice?
How do you go about practicing listening prayer?
- Bring your request for guidance to God.
- Wait in silence for 10-12 minutes for God to speak to you.
- Write down any Scripture, songs, impressions, or pictures God gives you.
- Share how God spoke to you with your prayer partners and follow God’s will.
When what God does doesn’t make sense?
When God Doesn’t Make Sense is a hugely practical book for those who are struggling with trials and heartaches they don’t understand: why does disease, natural disaster, divorce, rejection, death, or some other sorrow creep into our lives when we are trying to serve the Lord?
How does God speak to us?
God has communicated with humanity throughout history by speaking audibly to humans, by speaking to us through the glory of His creation, by speaking to us through His Holy Spirit, and by speaking to us through dreams, visions, and our thoughts.
What is it when you feel like your prayer isn’t working?
Surround yourself with the truth of who God is. It’s important to stay connected to the truth and to people who will remind you of the truth, especially when you’re feeling vulnerable and confused about why God isn’t responding. Press into Him when you’re feeling like running away.
How God answers our prayers in 3 ways?
I’ve heard it said that God responds to prayers in one of three ways: God says “Yes,” and you get what you want; God says “No,” and you have to accept it and move on; or God says “Not Yet,” and you learn to wait.
Does God hear all prayers?
I’ve come to the conclusion that God hears all who pray, but that we must live the commandments and seek him in order to receive his answers. Prayer is a form of communication between God and man, and our questions to the Lord in prayer for knowledge and wisdom should be faithful questions.
How does God give confirmation?
Whatever God tells or shows us to do, He will always provide us with a word from His Word to stand on or act on, and He will confirm it to us–often through repetition.
How do you know if God is trying to tell you something?
Repetition, or when a theme or message jumps out at you repeatedly, is one of the most obvious ways God tries to get your attention. It can be through Scripture, sermons, articles, podcasts, or any other means He chooses.
How do you know when God is punishing you?
Because you’re a normal human being in a broken world, you’re experiencing difficult losses, painful emotions, terrible situations, depression, and loneliness. Your feelings are normal, but they’re not accurate; you think God is punishing you, but that’s just how you feel. God loves you and is watching over you.